Advent is an attitude of anticipation. The entire season prepares us to allow Christ into our hearts, sometimes in ways far different from other times when we celebrate the “excitement of December.” Many people want everything about this season to stay the same, year after year: the same carols, the same schedule for giving gifts, even food prepared in the same way. Fine! Consistency does give consolation to the heart.
But another truth tells us that each year ought to be different. We are not the same. We are faced with different responsibilities, moved by different insights, changed (or charged) by circumstances we didn’t have before, challenged by fresh opportunities and different memories, equipped with increasing or diminishing capacities for coping with all these variations. So we never celebrate
“Advent” in exactly the same way.
Christ is preparing to come to us this Christmas in a way that suits who we are and how we are this year; our Lord speaks to us with words meant to sustain us. The first half of these reflections traces Jesus’ coming at different times to different people. In the first reading, the prophet Isaiah emphasises the role of God in our lives as a father and redeemer; he is our sure refuge in times of trouble, who moulds us like clay to perfection. God still shows his Majesty amid disaster and calamities.
We need to learn again the humility of the Child of Bethlehem. The letter of St. Paul to the community of Corinthians indicates how Christ came to enrich us with spiritual gifts so that we lack nothing. Therefore in the Gospel, we here Jesus Christ reminding us to keep watch and pray so that we do not lose the spiritual gifts instilled in us by virtue of grace for we do not know when the time will come when the master will appear and he may come suddenly and find you asleep. It is very cardinal to keep watch. Many a time we are weak and vulnerable. Let’s not hesitate to call upon Our Mother, the Virgin Most Prudent, to assist us in our daily lives and to teach us how to love and how to be loved.
Remember to ‘‘Take heed, watch and pray’’.