15 Embracing Advent - Sr Gerard Paul rjm

posted Nov 28, 2018, 6:05 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Nov 28, 2018, 6:05 AM ]
“Let every heart prepare Him room.”

Every year of life waxes and wanes. Every stage of life comes and goes. Every facet of life is born and then dies. Every good moment is doomed to become a memory. Every hope dims, and every possibility turns to futility. There is a child in each of us waiting to be born again. It is to those looking for life that the figure of the Christ Child beckons this Advent.

At this time of the year, when the sun rises, the sun sets, moving from darkness to darkness, that the days are the shortest and the nights the longest. Into that natural rhythm, we place an Advent wreath in our churches and chapels, lighting candles to turn our hearts towards that light which is Christ.

In a world filled with artificial light and twinkling tinsel stars, it is not the kind of light that gives us vision; it is rather the light we receive from above that came to rest over the little village of Bethlehem. In THAT light, we have hope, a hope that guides us through the darkness of sin into the dawn of eternal life, and that light, that vision, is seen only by those who keep watchfully awake throughout the season of Advent. "Stay awake, the Master is coming…" We light candles on the Advent wreath, looking forward to that day when God will come to us again in Christ, to vindicate our faith, to answer our hopes, and transform us into persons far beyond who we dreamed we could ever be.