Advent is the four-week period leading up to Christmas. Advent is derived from the Latin verb which means “to come to”, or to “arrive”.
The first two-week period focuses on the Second Coming of Jesus, while the last two focus on His first coming in Bethlehem. Consequently, the first period deals with end time’s themes and judgment, while the last one deals with mercy and grace and the wonder of the arrival of the Word incarnate in a dark world. Interestingly, this is a time of penance and fasting. Hard to fathom in our modern days of excess.
The church urges us to use this time to prepare for the coming of Christ. But how can we do that? There is already so much to do this time of year. Let’s be careful not to be so busy we miss the whole “reason for the season”.
Starting early is one way to ensure you are preparing for Jesus’ birth. Here are four ways to start preparing for this Advent season today:
1. Spend more time in silence.
Silence allows us to reflect on what really matters. While practicing meaningful silence, you can be meditating, praying, reflecting, and preparing your heart and mind for Jesus. Remember also that no matter how busy we are, Jesus deserves to be our top priority. It is helpful to turn off the “noise” we are so used to: radio, TV, social media, etc.
2. Go to Confession.
The Church tell us that Advent is an important time for reflection and confession. Making this a top priority can help put you in the right headspace.
3. Read the Bible and Pray.
As always, reading the Word of God is a great way to draw you closer to Him and His Son. There are scripture readings specific to Advent in each of the Gospels, and Advent specific prayers can be found online, in books, and in hymnals. Magnificat publishes a very helpful “Advent Companion” as well.
4. Purchase or gather essential items for Advent.
These can include, but are not limited to, an Advent wreath, three purple candles, one pink candle, Advent calendars, and Advent specific prayer books.
Stocking up on these things now will make the transition into the season of preparation much smoother.
As we draw near to the start of the Advent season, ready your homes, hearts, minds and souls for the coming of Jesus with prayer and reflection.
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