Sunday, November 29th, we begin the season of Advent by celebrating the 1st Sunday of Advent. Advent is our time of preparation and time of waiting for the coming of Jesus. It is a rich and powerful season of the Church year.
We often miss Advent's power because these December weeks are full of secular Christmas parties and preparations for Christmas. Each year, the busyness of this season serves to distract us from having an Advent season that truly prepares us for the celebration of Christmas, with all its meaning.
We must see through the eyes of Faith when we look at our Advent preparations for Christmas rather than the screen of Society. The computer screen, the phone screen, the tv screen or the movie screen.Through eyes of Faith, we see the birth of the Christ-child, Emmanuel, Prince of Peace. We see those in need, the homeless and the hungry. The screens only block our view of the truth and keep us separated from what is real. During this Advent Season make special effort to put down, turn off or close out the screen when you are able and connect with family and the Christ child.
Let us begin with the sign of our faith.
the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.