As Christmas draws closer, with all of its preparation, it’s important for us to remind ourselves of the nature of the liturgical season of Advent. These weeks are not simply a “countdown” to December 25th; rather, they have a character and message of their own. Our main focus should be on the Second Coming of Christ, when He will return to be our Judge. This means that we should be concentrating on the reform of our own lives, seeking ways to better reflect the Gospel demands. Because of the serious and somewhat somber nature of the season, we do not make our church look festive; rather, our surroundings should assist us in our Advent examination. During these next few weeks, if you see other churches already decorated for Christmas, realize that they are "out of step" with the mind of the Church. Don’t be concerned that our church shows no evidence of the coming Solemnity – it’s not supposed to -- but when Christmas does come, it will be worth the wait!
Merciful God, who sent thy messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.