Archive for November 24th, 2010

We count the days, mark our calendars in red ink, make a list of what gifts to buy for friends and family, plan on what menu to cook on  Christmas Day.  And we are waiting with bated breath  when the day will come.  Yes, it will come soon!

We are happy that Advent is almost here.  And we say that Christmas is just around the corner.  So we get busy, we are frantic that we won’t be able to do the things  on our Christmas list , we are frantic that we would not be able to hang those beautiful lanterns and Christmas decor which we painstakingly chose, to the point of having Christmas motif every year.  We think of where to place the Christmas lights, the more, the better,  here or there, it does not matter as long as we have at least something to remind us of Christmas.  But after all this frenzy, we sometimes forget why we are celebrating.

In the Catholic Church, we celebrate Advent as the preparation for Christmas, the four weeks of preparing Jesus’ coming.   Sometimes though, we are in a hurry to celebrate Christmas. Some people put up their Christmas trees with all the lovely trimmings as early as October but by the time Christmas comes, they are too tired or even too drunk to welcome the day with joy.  We are too taken by  parties, shopping,  new clothes, new toys and all things that to us spell  Christmas. In the process, we tend to forget the simplicity of the Christ Child.  How have you celebrated the event in the past?

The Child Jesus is the most awaited guest.  So we prepare ourselves for His coming.  And  it’s just like waiting for some important guests in our homes,  we clean the house, put out our best silver wares, make the occasion a truly lovely celebration.   But what Jesus wants is to prepare our hearts for His coming, that is where He wants to dwell – deep in our hearts.

“The angel said to them, “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; 11 for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:11-12). 

Dear Jesus, make me worthy to receive You this  Christmas!

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