It is so easy to skip Advent, the beginning of a new Church’s year, a new liturgical season.
It is so easy to skip Advent…after all it is only three weeks this year…
Yes, it is so very easy to skip Advent and think it is just a time to shop and wrap presents, write Christmas cards, plan the Christmas menu, and decorate the home with boughs of holly.
But no, Advent is primarily a time for special preparation and anticipation of the coming of Christ.
Blessed John Henry Newman is one of his Advent Homilies preached: “Advent is a time of waiting, it is a time of joy because the coming of Christ is not only a gift of grace and salvation, but it is also a time of commitment because it motivates us to live the present as a time of responsibility and vigilance.” It is a time for penance and waiting upon the Lord in our neighbour.
Yes, responsibility, vigilance, as Jesus teaches us “So stay awake, because you do not know when the master of the house is coming, evening, midnight, cockcrow, dawn; if he comes unexpectedly, he must not find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake!”
Why note start your day with a special Advent prayer (a suggested one below) and end the day with another one…so that this Advent is one of special preparation, of special preparation of your heart, mind, soul and body.
“Come, thou long expected Jesus, more deeply into my heart this day.”
“Come, thou long expected Jesus, may I long for you even more tomorrow.”
Be prepared for the coming of your Saviour in a new and special way this Christmastide.
Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP
 Mk. 13:35-37