Around us, there are many signs of Christmas. Christmas carols are being played on the radio, Christmas lights and decorations are adorning many front yards, and Santa Claus has made more than one appearance at a mall near you.
In our culture, it is already Christmas. But in the Church, it is still the season of Advent. Advent is a time of waiting for the coming of the Christ Child at Christmas, and also a time of expectation for the return of Jesus to the world as he promised. We are to take this period to examine our hearts and renew our spirits, making way for Christ to enter into our lives and transform us. This season of preparation is designed to make us more Christ-like, and to connect us more deeply to our Creator.
It is a challenge to keep Advent while others seem to be celebrating Christmas. But hang in there! This period of waiting is well worth it, and when Christmas actually comes, it will be even more joyful!
Happy rest of Advent!