You know how at the beginning of a new year we often work on organizing our lives; cleaning out closets, going through paperwork, cleaning out the clutter. The retail stores begin just after the holidays to offer sales on all kinds of storage bins, containers, closet organizers, file cabinets, etc. I would invite us all to think about organizing our lives at the beginning of another new year; the New Liturgical Year which begins this coming Sunday; the First Sunday of Advent.
How might we “organize” our lives, ourselves, in preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ? What do we need to clean out or get rid of in preparation for meeting Jesus? Perhaps it is time that we examine our hearts; we may need to reorganize our apathy for those in need. It might well be time for us to put our priorities in order, organize them in such a way that makes clear we are baptized Christians. We may need to “clean up” or renew a few relationships. We may need to rid ourselves of resentment toward another.
Let us consider using these four weeks of Advent to re-examine our lives, renew our spirit of love and care for all of God’s people and to find joy and renewed hope in living as faithful Christians. As we prepare to celebrate Immanuel; God with us, let us commit our hearts and our actions to preparing for the second coming of Jesus Christ, that for which we as a people of God wait.
May God bless us all with a meaningful, reflective and hope filled Advent.
Blessings and Peace,
October 17, 2020
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