My Dear Friends,
As we enter the season of Advent, we are reminded as we light the Advent Candles that we should prepare ourselves each and every day to turn around in the right direction and face God. We are also reminded that in preparing to face God we should also be prepared each day to meet him in Jesus Christ. So many people make the mistake of thinking that in preparing to meet God it is only through death, yet as Christians we believe in the Risen Lord, therefore we should encounter him in the every day life that we live.
The four weeks of Advent reminds me of the Old Testament Prophets, especially Isaiah, who longed to see the Messiah come amongst his people and constantly talked and wrote about this wonderful act, which God would perform.
I am also reminded of the faith, courage and ruggedness of John the Baptist, who met Jesus in the wilderness and proclaimed his coming, his message and ministry. John was prepared to suffer death for the coming of the Kingdom.
On the third week of Advent I am reminded of Saint Joseph, who in faith accepted the ridicule of those around him at the time of the Incarnation, yet stood firm in the belief that the child in Mary’s womb was indeed God Incarnate. Like Joseph we should proclaim exactly who Jesus is.
On the fourth week as we light the pink Advent Candle I recall the way in which the Blessed Virgin Mary, that young frightened girl, encountered the Archangel Gabriel, who told her that God had looked favorably upon her. The task ahead of her was accepted without hesitation, ‘’Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to your Word.” Complete acceptance of what God required.
Thinking about all these ordinary people called by God should inspire us and remind us that ordinary people can do extraordinary things for God.
I hope and pray that we, as we are called in so many different ways will answer God with certainty and be ready to turn and face him and do extraordinary things in his service.