The coming of snow at the beginning of a new liturgical year on this first Sunday of Advent draws the seasons of nature and of the Church into a magnificent harmony. Here on this threshold we will receive afresh its gifts of hope and grace, taking the opportunity in this new year to live in a new and deeper way the mysteries of Christ’s life and the mysteries of our own lives.
In this Advent time we prepare for the coming of the Lord Jesus into our lives; his daily coming, his coming at our death and his coming in glory at the end of time. We prepare for all three when we live moment by moment, attentive to his voice and consenting to his grace. This is our journey of conversion, guided by God’s Word, sustained by the Eucharist, walking in truth with each other.
Advent is the season of watchfulness, of the silence of a trusting surrender. Though challenged by its hardships, the quiet peace of this snowbound season reflects the longing of our inner lives and we are well-advised to seek the time to grow attentive to and anticipate the joy of Christ’s birth at Christmas.
Come, Lord Jesus.
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