Advent-tide and Christmas-tide Greetings 2014

Advent which begins on November 30th this year, is the season when we call to mind the terrible situation that the world was in before Jesus came. Only by appreciating it can we celebrate with proper joy Jesus’ coming on that first Christmas.

Advent is more than that. It is also the season we call to mind that Jesus will come again. He will judge each and every one of us, personally, on how well we contributed to the work He left for us to complete. During Advent we remember in a special way that Jesus will judge us on what we have done and what we have failed to do in His absence.

You and I are living in the interval between the lightning of Jesus’ first coming and thunder of His second coming. What the angel said to the apostles the night after Jesus was taken up into heaven applies too. (see Acts 1:11)

Advent challenges us to ask ourselves three important questions in no particular order:

1. What are we doing now to build God’s kingdom on Earth?
2. What ought we to be doing right now?
3. What will we begin to do right now during Advent as a build up towards Christmas?

All the readings of Advent plunge us back into times when God’s people awaited the coming of the Messiah. It’s as if at the start of Advent we enter a time-machine and are transported back to the time of John the Baptist, and further back again to the times of the great prophets of the Old Testament. These prophets spoke about the coming of the Messiah, thus keeping alive the hopes of the people of God. So Advent is also a time of waiting for the amazing Babe Jesus Christ in human form at Christmas. God took on our human nature to win us back to himself.

Christmas introduces to us the mystery of incarnation. It is impossible to explore its height and depth. It is all about a mystery of love, God’s love for humankind in general and for each one of us in particular. “Behold, I bring you news of great joy for all the people. Today a Saviour has been born to you, He is Christ the Lord”. This was the message the angels brought to the shepherds.

Let us open our minds and hearts to receive the Great joy of Christmas and enjoy it with the family of the Church and the world. May we enjoy the unconditional love of the Father and live up to the dignity of the children of God. It is my prayer that the Lord will reveal to us our eternal destiny and help us to attain this destiny.

Wishing you and your family
a Merry Christmas
and Blessed healthy 2015.

Article Written By: Dean Laz