DECEMBER 1-7, 2013
“Awake from your sleep,” says St. Paul on this first day of the Church’s Liturgical Year – Advent. He is not speaking of natural sleep, but the sleep, the blindness brought on by consumerism, technology, especially cell phones and tablets, business and stress. Our lives are so stuffed full of distractions, we miss the beauty of the day, the sweet smile of our child, a hug from our spouse, the greetings of a co-worker or the pleasure of good health. Pause for the moment that refreshes and really awake to the presence of God. Now, wouldn’t that be a surprising Christmas gift?
St. Francis Xavier, a Jesuit, is probably the greatest missionary, since the apostles. In fact, he is the patron of Foreign Missionaries. His work was predominantly in Japan and other Asian countries. He almost made it to China, but died on his way.
Little Christmas is Friday on the occasion of the Feast of St. Nicholas, the religious based Santa Claus.
There would be no Santa Claus, secular or otherwise, if it were not for Christ. Why have we forgotten this? Actually, St. Nicholas was Greek, being born in Turkey in the third century. He was a bishop who dressed in red and loved to give small secret gifts to others, thus starting the custom of Santa Claus.
Let’s all give small gifts this day – gifts of kindness, forgiveness, peace, joy, compassion and hope.
OUR WAITING IS ALWAYS SHAPED BY ALERTNESS TO THE WORD.
IT IS WAITING IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT SOMEONE WANTS TO ADDRESS US.
THE QUESTION IS, ARE WE HOME?
ARE WE AT OUR ADDRESS, READY TO RESPOND TO THE DOORBELL?
WE NEED TO WAIT TOGETHER TO KEEP EACH OTHER AT HOME SPIRITUALLY,
SO THAT WHEN THE WORD COMES IT CAN BECOME FLESH IN US…
AND HAVE A WHOLE NEW LIFE IN US.