First Sunday of Advent 2012
The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and Judah. In those days, in that time, I will raise up for David a just shoot; he will do what is right and just in the land. In those days Judah shall be safe and Israel shall dwell secure; this is what they shall call her: "The Lord our justice."
-- Jeremiah 33:14-16
Happy New Year! These words of the prophet Jeremiah are a hopeful beginning for our new liturgical year. Today is like a new school year in which we will be educated and formed by the mysteries of Christ's life proclaimed every time the Liturgy is celebrated.
Behold, the days are coming when I will fulfill the promise...
The Lord is coming, and every year we have a time to prepare our hearts and minds to be more aware of this and to welcome his coming to us. We are preparing for Christ's coming at Bethlehem and at the end of time. But He also comes to us every moment of every day. Let us ask Him for the grace to welcome Him every day: in the joyful and difficult moments, in temptations and in prayer, in small and great events, in our neighbors and friends, and in each stranger we encounter. An Advent well spent will bring forth God's special blessings and make us stronger in Faith, Hope and Charity.