December 2, 2013 | by Deacon Tim Harrer
Today we begin the time of Advent, the Latin word is Adventus, which means "coming" or "arriving." For centuries the Jewish people chosen by God knew all the prophesies ... that He would keep His promise, in His time, to send a savior of His people, a messiah. They waited with active hope, and as we now know and place in our heart, the promise was kept. A child was born in Bethlehem, named by God as Jesus, "He saves."
Advent also reminds us and prepares us for the other coming, the second coming, promised by Jesus. So we too like the ancients wait in hope for this promise of complete goodness and peace and love to arrive.
The church suggests we ready ourselves. The church color is purple/blue, the color of hope. There are few decorations. Have you considered having an Advent wreath in your home and using the prayers and daily lighting the candles, one for each week? The first candle represents: HOPE, the second: THE PROPHESIES, the third:the candle is of JOY or of THE SHEPHERDS, and the fourth: the ANGELS CANDLE. Have you considered putting a (Menard's battery $1.00) candle in the window telling the world your family is an Advent family of God?
Every day all the televisions and newspapers tell us what we need and how to decorate our homes festively, and wonderful foods to add to the celebration. May I be so bold and so determined to ask you to add to your spiritual preparation, this ADVENT, to put God center in your life and your family life? To use the phrase: "Jesus IS the reason for the season. " I pray that all of us at our parish will be determined to grow in faith and knowledge and when Christmas comes, we celebrate with peace and joy like no other previous year.
Our Story continues .............. God blesses us ... Deacon Tim.