Today is the first Sunday of Advent, and is also the first Sunday of the new liturgical year. To some Advent is a countdown of shopping days and tasks still to be completed. But is that what Advent is all about? Many Christians don’t think so. Our Church tells us Advent is a time of expectation, hope and waiting. Up until December 17, the liturgy takes us back to the hope-filled years of the Old Testament as Israel waited for, and prepared for the Messiah. The readings center on the great joy that will be experienced when the Messiah arrives. So during the early part of the season we recall our Jewish roots patiently waiting for the birth of Our Load.
Starting on December 17, and the nine days before Christmas the liturgy shifts focus to the birth of our Savior. And that starts a list of celebrations revolving around the early years in the life of Jesus.
“Being a disciple means being constantly ready to bring the love of Jesus to others, and this can happen unexpectedly and in any place: on the street, in the city square, during work, [or] on a journey.” Evangelii Gaudium (127)
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