2nd Sunday of Advent
December 4, 2011
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens
will pass away with a mighty roar, and the elements will be dissolved by fire,
and the earth and everything done on it will be found out. 2 Peter 3
It used to be said that Thanksgiving was the one national holiday that absolutely could not be commercialized (except for buying food), but that was until the Black Friday shopping phenomenon came along. It probably wont be long until the stores will be open all day Thanksgiving for those who just cant wait for Christmas (or cant wait to get away from their relatives!).
If only people could get as excited about their faith as they apparently do about shopping. When archaeologists search through the ruins of our civilization 2000 years from now, we might well be thought of as the shopping mall people because it will appear that this was where we spent most of our time. The problem is that what Christ has to offer doesnt seem as attractive as a new iPad to many people, or they think they have time to pursue their faith later. Yet, Christ may very well come sooner. Are you ready?
As another Christmas approaches, the world seems to be more troubled than ever, but peace can still reign within us. The world may indeed end in 2012 as some doomsday people insist, but we are a people who know the future, and it belongs to the Lord. What will that future be like? It will be a world in which everything done on the earth will be found out. Advent, then, is a time to pursue the Lord once again.
Peace and happiness simply cannot be found in a store. What our culture offers us are temporary pleasures, but it isnt long before we are off looking for that next bargain or gadget or must have item. But what is Advent really all about? As I approach the end of another year, where is my life headed? What kind of person am I becoming? Is there enough room in my life for Christ, or do worries and cares take up all the space there? Our consumer culture can be lethal to our faith if we overemphasize it. What to do?
Advent is a time to make up our minds to pursue holiness in our lives once again. What project will you and the Lord be doing together to prepare for Christmas? Saint Faustina speaks to us from her diary: Oh my Jesus, how very easy it is to become holy; all that is needed is a bit of good will. If Jesus sees this little bit of good will in the soul--and nothing can stop himneither shortcomings nor fallsabsolutely nothing. Jesus is anxious to help that soul, and if it is faithful to that grace from God, it can very soon attain the highest holiness possible for a creature here on earth
. Faithfulness to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit: that is the shortest route. (Diary #291). If only we give Jesus our hearts this Advent instead of simply running around, what wonders he would do for us!