It’s the First Sunday of Advent, and you have just received an invitation: God requests your presence at the entry of his Son into the world. The event will take place on December 25, and you are encouraged to spend the next four weeks preparing for the festivities.
Advent—a season of hope and expectation! You might reenact time-honored traditions: buying gifts, decorating homes, and preparing special meals. And to crown all these observances, Jesus himself will come and visit you. As today’s Gospel tells us, we may not know when he is coming, but he promises he will come. Even now, he is looking for new Ways to touch your heart.
Right now, he is preparing special gifts of grace and blessing for you—presents that he will give as you open your heart to him.
What kind of gifts will he give? Reminders of his Father’s love. A sense of hope as you face life’s challenges. New insights and wisdom that you can share with your loved ones. Freedom from guilt as you lay your sins and failings at his feet. And above all, peace and joy as he tells you that he has you in the palm of his hand.
Do everything you can to be alert and ready to receive Jesus and his gifts. Try to spend a little more time in daily prayer and Scripture reading. Go to Confession so that you can get rid of anything that blocks you from receiving his love and his gifts.
Step by step, day by day, you can draw closer to the Lord— and feel him draw closer to you!