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Do you follow the ways of the world or the ways of Christ and the Church? I’m not just being facetious or flippant. I’m not even being a Grinch or a Scrooge. Today, Advent begins – the season of waiting, patience, preparation, for the most precious of births, our Lord Jesus. That is something worth celebrating, worth giving gifts over, worth singing about. But something is lost when we don’t first prayerfully prepare, when we don’t wait… when we don’t allow things to happen in their proper time.
And so, which way do you follow – the world or Christ and the Church? All around us, Christmas music is blaring, Santa’s are ho-hoing, sales and shoppers are flurrying, Christmas trees and even Crèche scenes are up in full display, Black Friday could not be held back and gobbled up Thanksgiving, and the primary push behind all this seems largely disconnected from the simple coming of a child Savior in utter poverty to save our souls. The way of the world says happiness is found in the perfect gift or item. The way of the world is impatience. The way of the world is to have what I want and now. But this is not Christ’s way. This is not the way of the Church that would have us live in peace and joy and love, that would have us celebrate, when at last the proper time arrives… during the actual season of Christmas!
No woman would want a premature birth for her child, even with the difficulties and challenges of a pregnancy to endure. Even with the temptation to impatience. There is a
need to wait. Have you ever noticed how a pregnant woman moves around slower, not faster, as the due date arrives? The body is teaching the heart, mind, and soul the last needed lesson. This should be our mode. As we walk with Mary, laden with child. I challenge you – and myself – to commit to a prayerful praying of the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary each day of Advent in patient, proper, prayerful preparation for the coming of the Christ Child at Christmas. (Annunciation of the Angel Gabriel to Mary, Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth, Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple).
As Advent begins, let’s walk with Mary to Christmas, not run ahead of her.
St Mary, Expectant Mother of God, Pray for us. ~ Fr. Gries