Advent: A Joyful Season

Let us then throw off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.Romans 13:12

During Lent, the Scripture readings and music are definitely penitential, urging us to “reform our lives” and root out our sinful tendencies. But Advent has a more joyful tone: we are focused on the coming birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Still, the theme of conversion/spiritual renewal is strongly present in Advent.

St. Paul urges us today to … put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the desires of the flesh (verse 14). As we have been saddened by the revelations of sexual abuse of children by priests and even bishops, the need for spiritual renewal on the part of all of us is abundantly clear.

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At the same time, during Advent, the Scriptures and the Church urge us to lift our vision higher. The season of Advent, with its positive messages from the Old Testament prophets and the inspiring example of Mary and Joseph, can nourish our hopes and inspire us to use our time and energy to help build a more just and peaceful world.

Our reflection for this First Sunday of Advent is from Fr. Martin Pable, OFM Cap as reflected in “Living Faith”, daily Catholic devotions. Fr. Pable is a Capuchin friar living in Milwaukee, WI. He is a noted retreat/spiritual director. He has written a number of books including “Remaining Catholic: Six Good Reasons for Staying in an Imperfect Church” and “What Catholics Believe and Why”.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices. — J.K. Rowling

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2 Responses to Advent: A Joyful Season

  1. Pilgrim, lift your vision higher,
    you are not what you have done.
    Raise your eyes from muck and mire,
    for in the offing is the Son.
    Behold the Godhead in the stable,
    behold the King of lowly birth,
    consummation of the fable
    of our Lord’s descent to Earth.
    Kindle hope for bright tomorrow,
    for the root of Hope is here,
    dry your tears and quell your sorrow
    in the morning of the year.
    Born to die and born to Live,
    born your worst sins to forgive.

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