Saturday, December 8, 2007

The Second Week of Advent

So, here we are at the beginning of the second week of advent... but has your advent really started? or are you being swept away by the hustle and bustle of the commercialized Christmas? It seems that many people completely miss advent in their lives. Advent is a time of preparation, waiting, anticipation, and a time to sweep out the spiritual cobwebs in preparation for the Lord's coming. Does the world even realize that there is more to Christmas than santa and fruit cake... don't get me wrong, I can't wait for Aunt Mary Ann's fruit cake. (I really don't understand all the bad-mouthing of fruit cakes that happens at this time of year! Aunt Mary Ann's fruit cake lasts no more than a few days at our house.) Fruit cake aside, while you may have all your cookies made and all the presents wrapped, have you remembered your spititual preparations? We do not know the day or time... he will come at an hour we do not expect? Will we be ready?

Have a blessed Advent! Don't forget the reason for the season!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

what a beautiful post...and you really touched on something that has been bugging me for weeks...the inundation of our society with the marketing of Christmas (or the distortion thereof..) I almost wish we did not have Christmas as a national holiday..I wish it would go back to being a Christian holyday, with the emphasis on the coming of Christ into our hearts, Mass, and good works and family time. I am so distressed by the hype and pure junk out there...we must get back to the simpler life...forget the gifts and the rest of the madness...Mrs.S