Once upon a time a four year old girl pulled on his mom’s skirt as she was baking cookies. She asked, “How long is it until Christmas?” “Three more weeks,” came the answer. “I can’t wait that long,” the child screamed. “I want to have Christmas NOW. I want a horse NOW. Why do we have to wait for everything?” The woman thought about it, got down on her knees, and explained, “Well, honey, if we could have all the things we want NOW, there’d be no surprises, no excitement — there’d be nothing to look forward to.” The girl answered, “Oh, I think I can live with that.”
Today the Church begins the season of Advent. It is a time of waiting and hoping, preparing and planning, and — as the children among us model so well — a time of anticipation and excitement. We remember, celebrate and believe in the three-fold coming of Christ.
- WE REMEMBER JESUS’ COMING THE FLESH nearly 2000 years ago. Advent reconnects us to our mothers and fathers in faith who waited and hoped for the coming of the promised Messiah. We listen to God speaking through the prophet Isaiah. We imagine and wonder what it must have been like in Old Testament times. To help us REMEMBER read the scriptures for the days of Advent. The prophet reminds us God is the Potter who wants to mold us in the likeness of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- WE CELEBRATE JESUS’ COMING IN SPIRIT not only in the word and sacrament of Mass, but also in our day to day lives. Jesus does and will come to us in our day to day lives, IF we are AWAKE, AWARE, and ALERT. Saint Paul reminds us that God wants to enrich us with spiritual gifts that will lead us to the joys of heaven and last forever. To help us CELEBRATE come to daily Mass and/or to the sacrament of reconciliation.
- Finally, WE BELIEVE THAT JESUS WILL COME AGAIN IN GLORY. What a wonderful thing it will be. It is not something to be afraid of, but something to look forward to. The victory over sin and death won and begun on the cross will be complete. To help us BELIEVE, reach out to those less fortunate that us and make this world a better place. Sign up for the Best Advent Ever Program.
Remember! Celebrate! Believe! in the three-fold coming of Christ. With the help of the Holy Spirit, the NOW of Advent will bring us to the SURPRISE and EXCITEMENT of Christmas.