The Season of Advent always seems to have a mystical quality about it. While many have some fears related to the darkness, we combat them spiritually and physically with the presence of increased lights. Whether the candles burn on the advent wreath or in windows, and the electric lights are placed around the doors, the eaves and on bushes and trees, and whether they be white or multi-colored, the darkness does not seem to be as harsh. That is the power of light breaking forth through the darkness. We cling to the light. We cling to the source of Light, the Lord Jesus!
Darkness is a passing reality. In the Day of the Lord, when the Son never sets, there will be no need for sleep. The words of Saint Mark to be awake and with a sharp eye (13:33-37) give us strength and encouragement until that Day dawns in all it’s splendor. We pray that with our keenness of sight we might differentiate and appreciate what is passing and what ever endures:
May these mysteries, O Lord, in which we have participated, profit us, we pray, for even now, as we walk amid passing things, you teach us by them to love the things of heaven and hold fast to what endures.
I invite you to spend some time on campus next weekend after each of the Masses to make a visit to Saint John Bosco Hall (the old church!) where we will host a display of Nativity scenes which to be called “A Pilgrimage to Bethlehem.”
May this first week of Advent help us to appreciate more fully the grace we have received by the First Coming of Christ, and make us eager for his Second Coming in glory and majesty!