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Reflections

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Life is an Advent Season

Life is a constant Advent season: we are continually waiting to become, to discover, to complete, to fulfil. Hope, struggle, fear, expectation and fulfilment are all part of our Advent experience. The world is not as just, not as loving, not as whole as we know it can and should be. But the coming of Christ and his presence among us—as one of us—give us reason to live in hope: that light will shatter the darkness, that we can be liberated from our fears and prejudices, that we are never alone or abandoned. May this Advent season be a time for bringing hope, transformation and fulfilment into the Advent of our lives.                                                 © CONNECTIONS, 11-28-93

 

Advent: A Time of Waiting ……..but for what?

As you listen to the readings at Mass this weekend you might be wondering how are these readings supposed to help us get ready for Christmas? Well, they do this by reminding us that Advent is a time of waiting - a getting ready for the re­turn of Jesus - not just a recalling of the first Christmas but a preparation for the fact that he will come again. So the focus for us at the start of each Advent is the invitation to prayerful taking stock of how ready are we, as individuals and as a church, to re­ceive him however, wherever and whenever he comes to us.

© Seán Goan, Let the reader understand  www.columba.ie

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