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  • (Seasonal Decoration) Easter, garden parties or barbecues – exhibitors present their entire palette of seasonal decorations and florists’ supplies.

~day 32: preparing~
~day 32: preparing~
My mom likes to follow the American tradition of decorating for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving. So today I spent the day with her, preparing the house for the special guest who comes into our homes this time of year...no, I don't mean Santa Claus. I mean Christ. I mean Love. The reason that the Catholic Church emphasises the importance of the liturgical season of Advent is because the preparation for 'the coming' is as important a work as the celebration and reception of the Guest. As the Light of Christ grows brighter and brighter throughout the lengthening darkness of winter, we understand that we are waiting for the Lord. We are waiting to welcome Him into our world, our homes, our hearts---the places into which He comes, claiming His right to reign. People enjoy their time off work at this time of year; they are enjoying themselves so much, that I believe many people don't notice that the most important work of all is done at this time of year. Because, of course, we are not 'pretending' to receive into our homes a wandering family that sought shelter in an inn in Bethlehem over two thousand years ago. We are talking about the Christ that has been, is, and will be. We are not serving a boxed-up verison of an invisible God that lingers somewhere in an invisible heaven. We open the door to Christ each year, when He becomes truly present among us under the guise of those we love. In a sense, we get off from work during this period so we can set about doing the real work of this life, that of loving and receiving one another. Tonight I heard a monsignor speaking about missionary work on EWTN. He was keen to point out the difference between what the world considers 'work' and what the Church sees as 'work.' In the work of this world, what counts is our level of productivity. But the Church views the value of our work, and the human element, in a very different way. Jesus did not love us on the basis of what we could, or ever would, be able to do for Him. God loved us first. He loved us before we could think of loving Him in return or doing ought for Him. What He wants from us now, is not to 'do' for Him but for one another. He wants us to love one another the way He loves us. How is that? Without putting a value on the other person based on what they can offer us...but simply to assume that everything human being is of value, even if they can do nothing at all---produce nothing at all. This is contrary to our accustomed notions of what makes for a valuable human being. We are always looking for people's accomplishments. But in the Church, it is not productivity that matters, but relationships. Everything flows from there. We must imagine that our relationships are like very comfortable homes that we build for God to live in; and He loves to repose beside the hearth of Love. Make sure that during this Advent and Christmas season you go to work, preparing a special home for the coming Lord in the place He finds most comfortable---that little space that exists between you and the other person. Just as in Bethlehem, Jesus does not ask a large room; He likes to fill in the vacancies between us.
Christmas Decorating at Deb's
Christmas Decorating at Deb's
A fountain she wanted decorated for a "Girls Night Out" and Christmas, looks better lighted up

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