08 Embracing Advent - Sr Gerard Paul rjm

posted Nov 30, 2017, 9:50 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Nov 30, 2017, 9:50 PM ]
Every year of life waxes and wanes; every stage of life comes and passes by; every facet of life is born and slowly fades;every pleasurable moment is destined to become a memory. This is the true nature of our earthly existence.

Into this natural rhythm, we place the Advent wreath in our churches, chapels and oratories. While every hope dims and every possibility turns to futility, to those looking for life, there is a child in us waiting to be born. It is to these who have heard the call of Advent: "Stay awake, the Master is coming" that the figure of the Christ Child beckons.

In a world brightened by artificial lighting and twinkling tinsel, we look to that light from a tiny star that came to rest over the little village of Bethlehem. In that light, we have hope—a hope that guides us through the darkness of sin into the dawn of eternal life, and that light, that vision is seen only by those who keep watchfully awake throughout the season of Advent.