It is almost the second Sunday of Advent. What is the meaning of the word Advent? The word
Advent comes from the Latin word 'Adventus' which means 'Coming.' The Church gives us four weeks to begin to prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus on Christmas day.
It is a time to slow down and spend a little extra time in prayer and in the Word of God. Yet the secular world gives us another message—hurry, hurry and
hurry some more. I have decided to keep this special season of waiting and hoping for Jesus to come again anew in my heart by avoiding as much as possible the 'shopping crazies' I call it. When I find myself shopping for a gift and waiting in line to
be checked out, I can pray blessings and God's mercy on those waiting in line to get checked out and the clerk. I can use this time of waiting to pray for others.
I enjoy baking so my little gifts will be in the form of giving others some baked goods. I usually listen to my Catholic Radio or Christian music while I am baking.
It is a peaceful and joyful time.
In my prayer and quiet time, I was reflecting
on God's grace. God's grace is always available to us as a free gift but we get to decide to receive His grace or reject it. God will always continue to pour out his graces upon us each moment of each day. Grace is a like a waterfall.
Sometimes we are open to God's grace and we allow the graces to flow over us like a waterfall. Sometimes
we run away from God's grace because of our sin and try and hide from God avoiding any gentle spray of grace. However Jesus is patient and is always waiting and watching for us to turn to him. He knows we are weak and in need of his forgiveness and mercy.
It doesn't matter how far we think we've messed things up, God is steadfast
and can turn all the 'yuck' in our lives into pure grace so that God's perfect will in us can be fulfilled one day at a time.
May God's grace flow over you, soothing and calming your soul this Advent.
Let Us Pray: Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls; All Your breakers and Your waves have swept over me. Psalm 42:7