The First Week of Advent

Advent is a time of waiting and expectation, a season of anticipation and preparation. We are waiting for our Lord to come into the world as the baby Jesus, born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem. We are also preparing for His return, to restore harmony and right relationships to all of Creation. Advent is a season yearning for God to come and set the world right with perfect justice, truth, and peace. It is a season of hope.

The word Advent means “coming” or “coming toward.” It has the same root as the word arrival. It is our time to prepare for the “coming” or “arrival” of the King of Christmas, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Stewardship is a kind of eternal Christmas. Actually, stewardship can be defined as “All that I am and all that I have is entrusted to me from God.” Advent is a time of preparation to share in the extravagant goodness and grace of God. I pray that as we journey together this Advent season, God may continue to pour his grace upon our parish and our families.

A blessed Advent to all,
Deacon John