Today is the first Sunday of Advent. Advent is a time when we prepare for the coming of Christ. Let us take time in this period to think and reflect.
Edward Hays, A Pilgrim’s Almanac, p. 196
“Take time to be aware that in the very midst of our busy preparations for the celebration of Christ’s birth in ancient Bethlehem, Christ is reborn in the Bethlehems of our homes and daily lives. Take time, slow down, be still, be awake to the Divine Mystery that looks so common and so ordinary yet is wondrously present.
“An old abbot was fond of saying, ‘The devil is always the most active on the highest feast days.’
“The supreme trick of Old Scratch is to have us so busy decorating, preparing food, practicing music and cleaning in preparation for the feast of Christmas that we actually miss the coming of Christ. Hurt feelings, anger, impatience, injured egos—the list of clouds that busyness creates to blind us to the birth can be long, but it is familiar to us all.”
An idea to help you in your awareness is to create a blessing jar. Find a glass jar, and each day in this period write down one thing for which you are thankful or blessed and put it in the Jar. On Christmas Eve you can open the jar and read the blessings in your life and be thankful for them
Wishing you a blessed Advent time