As always we approach Advent with all kinds of hopes and expectations. Paul urges us to wake from our sleep and seize the many opportunities we have to prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ. So often we think of Advent as remembering the coming of Christ many years ago in Bethlehem. But Advent is even a richer season than that when we consider the coming of Christ in the present and also at the end of time. We look into our lives and try to name the many ways Christ comes to us in the people all around us: the elderly person in a nursing home, a little pre-schooler, someone we meet on the Mobile Loaves and Fishes Truck. Advent is a time to make room for Christ, to prepare the way in the world, to celebrate the simple presence, to climb the mountain of the Lord.
Fr. Bob Hawkins