As we experience again the weeks of Advent and the Christmas rush I’m inclined to find a way to make a difference this year.
We see the signs of the season around us in
the church environment as we begin the ritual of blessing of the Advent
Wreath and the lighting of the first week’s candle. How does it make
me feel? Panicked because Christmas is near, or introspective because
the significance of Christ’s birth makes me realize what a great gift he
is to me.
The music is also different from the music
of Ordinary Time. We’re singing songs that support the themes of
Advent. “Await the Lord with hope, Christ be our light.” There’s no
“Glory to God” now, instead we are singing “Kyrie eleison, Lord have
mercy.” The Scripture readings speak about being vigilant, about
preparing the way of the Lord, and that the one mightier than John the
Baptist is coming.
How will I be vigilant? How can I prepare a way for Jesus in my heart this year?
This Advent I’ll engage in the Mass
wholeheartedly, singing with a full voice, listening actively and
responding confidently. I’ll be vigilant about defending those who have
no voice. I’ll think beyond my family and friends and make a point of
supporting the needy over the holidays and beyond into next year. I’ll
find time to reflect and get away from the hustle and bustle of
Christmas preparations. I’ll pray for peace in the world and try in
anyway that comes to mind to make a difference in the world. (November