Advent is the time to prepare for the coming of the Lord. How can that be? Didn’t the Blessed Virgin give birth to Jesus more than two thousand year ago? Well, sure. However, every December we are invited to participate in that event anew, and for good reason. Each Christmas is an opportunity for us to have a personal experience of what it means that God loved us so much that he chose to be one of us in order to save us from ourselves.
Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD,
when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David;
As king he shall reign and govern wisely,
he shall do what is just and right in the land.
In his days Judah shall be saved,
Israel shall dwell in security.
This is the name they give him:
“The LORD our justice.”
Therefore, the days will come, says the LORD,
when they shall no longer say, “As the LORD lives,
who brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt”;
but rather, “As the LORD lives,
who brought the descendants of the house of Israel
up from the land of the north”–
and from all the lands to which I banished them;
they shall again live on their own land.
Will you open your heart to the Lord in a deeper way this year? Can you help a family member or a friend find the peace and joy that only Jesus can give?
Christmas presents are great to get and give, but they are soon forgotten. A personal relationship with Jesus is forever.