Advent is a time of hope, reflection, anticipation and preparation for all of us who wait to celebrate the Light coming into the world. Advent is a time of longing for all who are Christian as we commemorate the Incarnation Feast (the Birth of the Christ.) The Season of Advent, as well as the feasts and festivals of all the other great world religions is based on the seasons, the rhythms and movement of nature, the positioning of the sun, moon and stars.
For those of the Jewish faith, it is a time of the eighth day festival of lights set at the darkness of the moon called Hanukkah. In the Zen Buddhist tradition, this is a time of Rohaste or Bodi Day, the enlightening of all human beings. Advent is the Taoist festival of renewal and reflection, Ta Chin. Hopefully, we will take time from the busyness of our holiday preparations to consider our spirits. What is our relationship to Earth, Heart and Home? Let us keep our priorities clear as to what is important and prepare our hearts to celebrate the Feast and Season of Christmas.
Advent & Christmas Theme: Our theme for this year is “JOY ATTRACTS.” As we prepare during this time by buying presents, decorating our homes and anticipating spending time with family and friends, we hopefully will prepare our hearts in joy because “Joy Attracts.” The way we act and feel affects those around us – family, friends, co-workers. When we are miserable others are affected in a negative way. When we are positive or joyful others are attracted to that kind of person. That is why people come to worship with us from near and far because of the joyfulness we exude. Having the presence of Christ with us allows that joyfulness to be seen. Our joy can be grounded in the meaning of this season – a family in a stable at Bethlehem. That first Christmas joyfully attracted angels, shepherds and wise men. May YOUR JOY attract others searching for you to your hearts and to your homes.
- Share your joy by bringing joy to others: Everyone is asked to reachout to our parishioners in nursing homes, personal care homes, assisted living facilities and our home centered elderly by sending them a note or card to some or all. This reachout is appreciated not only by the person, but it touches their families as well, just to know that their loved one or parent is not forgotten by their parish. Truly, “Joy Attracts.”