Advent Meditation: First Sunday (November 29, 2015)
November 23, 2015 10:48 AM
As a child, I grew up learning that Advent was a “little Lent.” However we were able to define it, Advent was a time for doing penance similar to what we were familiar with observing the weeks before Easter. I was never comfortable with that concept since the pre-Christmas days were filled with festive music, shopping excitement, visions of presents, and enjoying the aroma of home-baked cookies, candies, and fruit cake that my mother happily prepared for our neighbors and for us. I would try to squeeze a little penance in there somewhere but must admit that it was tough.
What Advent means for me now is that I need to be better about living the words of St. Paul: “May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all…so as to strengthen your hearts.” (1Thessalonians 3:12, 13)
Abounding in love for one another sounds great at Morning Prayer but gets splintered by the little and big annoyances throughout the day such as difficult situations, tele-marketing calls at inappropriate times, and unpleasant encounters with people who may have difficult voices and rude behavior. It is then that the words of Jesus resound: “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy…from the anxieties of daily life. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21:34, 36)
May we be humbled during these weeks of Advent as we realize that one day we will stand before the Son of Man linked arm in arm with people who may have caused us frustration on earth.