December has arrived! Suddenly, houses are being wrapped in wondrous displays of lighting in anticipation of Christmas, and the end of the year is hurtling along with end of year activities, parties, gift buying, cooking and the busyness of the pre-Christmas season.
For us, this pre-Christmas season has another aspect to it. Just as it intensifies the hustle and bustle of daily life December can also offer a radical break with that hustle and bustle. When we name this pre-Christmas period as Advent, we accept the invitation of Advent's promise to enter into a fuller sense of time.
As we move through the coming weeks of Advent, stopping to contemplate Christ's Incarnation in a particular time and place, we can become more fully present in our own time and place. During Advent, prayerful expectation can lead to purposeful action, including service to those in need and grateful attention to friends and family. Without contemplation, action devolves into mere activity.
Advent, as a time of preparation for the for birth of the Christ child, invites us to sit with Scripture so that we may learn how to linger, how to be patient, how to be still.
Jesuit Communications is inviting people to connect more prayerfully with the sacred scriptures this Advent season, and their reflections can be found here
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