Changing Course this Advent: Come into the Light
Today we begin a new Church year and we ready ourselves for the historic event of God becoming man – the incarnation event. Advent is primarily a time of preparation for the Lord’s coming – not only at Christmas but at the end of the world or the end of our life. It would serve us best to change courses this Advent and this new Church year so that we can “come into the light.”
One way we can change course this Advent is to focus on these words from our first reading, “O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord.” Let us alter those words to say, “O house of Saint Rita in Sierra Madre, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord.” And how are we to walk in the light of the Lord? Earlier in the first reading we hear, “Come, let us climb the Lord’s mountain, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may instruct us in his ways, and we may walk in his paths.”
The Lord’s mountain is “the house of the God of Jacob,” in our days this is the Church. So first, let us come to Church during the days of this holy season, so that “he may instruct us in his ways, and we may walk in his paths.” By being instructed by God we are better equipped to walk in the light of the Lord.
My dear friends, I implore you to steer clear of the over-emphasis on the secular aspects of this season and stay on course to the heavenly aspects. Come to Church so that you may be instructed in God’s ways and regain the true meaning and wonder of this holy time of year. God comes to us and we can pass through this season without realizing it because we’ve been preoccupied with non-spiritual matters. Although such things are important, they are not the focus of the season. Please, change your course this Advent and set a course on regaining the spiritual richness of this holy time of year. Come to Church, be instructed in God’s ways and walk in the light of the Lord. Blessings to you all.