Beginnings and Endings
This Sunday, we begin a new liturgical year. Once again, we prepare for the coming of Christmas when celebrate Christ’s birth. Last Sunday culminated ended the previous liturgical year with the Feast of Christ the King. The liturgical year celebrates, as it were, the life of Christ from the beginning to the end and beyond.
Beginnings and endings turn our thoughts to meaning. They make us reflect on what gives meaning to our lives. They make us think about what gives us motivation or what makes us move forward in the respective endeavors or ministries we undertake. They offer us new perspectives and new directions.
As we start a new liturgical year, we examine ourselves in the light of the implications of our faith. As believers, we look to God for ultimate meaning. As Christians, we look to Christ to give us meaning and inspiration. But sometimes, we lose sight or focus of Christ. We lose our sense of God. We badly miss the link between what we do and what we believe.
Advent is the season to awaken our sense of focus and to review our life according to the mandate of his gospel. Advent prepares us for his coming this Christmas and in the end of time. Advent reminds us of God’s perspective of our world and our personal lives. Advent invites us to reflect and pray, to lift our minds to God and to see our lives according to his plan, and not according to our own.
Advent is a time to prepare for Christ’s coming this Christmas as well as for the end of time when Isaiah’s vision of God’s plan would be fulfilled. We prepare for Christ’s coming for each of us on the day of our death as well as in the events of our daily lives if only we are aware of His presence.
Advent is a season to reflect on the various distractions that can make us lose sight of what Christmas is all about. Advent is a time to re-capture the real spirit of Christmas which is Christ’s coming into our lives.