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The first part of Advent calls us to watch for the coming of our Lord at every moment of our lives. It is by recognizing Him who continuously comes in every aspect of our lives that we are drawn into deeper communion with our Lord who will come in glory. The readings for this First Sunday of Advent show us the way to recognize Him who continuously comes. For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. For at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come Mt , We do not know the day or the hour, but the only way to watch for the Lord is by staying awake.
To be awake and watchful for the One who is to come means to be awake and watchful for the One who continuously comes. In order to stay awake, we cannot live in darkness.
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If we live in darkness, we will fall asleep and not recognize the Christ who continuously comes. This darkness can only be dispelled with the Light of Christ which enables us to stay awake and recognize Him who continuously comes. It is in this way that, in the second reading, St.
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Paul tells the Romans and us to throw off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves properly as in the day, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in promiscuity and lust, not in rivalry and jealousy Rom The Light of Christ becomes our armor with which we are able to throw off whatever works of darkness are in our lives so that we may live in the light.
By living in the light, we will be able to stay awake and see Him who continuously comes and be prepared to receive Him who will come again.
The first part of Advent is a period of intense training in preparation for our Lord's Second Coming. Our attention will shift from the One who is to come to the One who has already come in the flesh.
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This second part of Advent is another period of intense training, but this time the focus is more directly on preparing our hearts and minds to celebrate Christmas. Only nine days long, the second part of Advent is the Church's novena of preparation for Christmas. The second preface of Advent is used throughout the second part of Advent from December 17 th until December 24 th.
In preparing to celebrate the birth of Him who has already come in the flesh, we continually recall in the preface that his coming in the flesh was proclaimed by all the prophets Advent Preface II. The Scriptural themes will often coincide. Indeed, the child to be born is the Christ-child, God-with-us, Emmanuel. Pope John Paul II reminds us that these nine days before Christmas are not just a preparation for commemorating the historical event of Christ's birth, which occurred some 2, years ago in a little village of Judea.
This celebration of the One who was proclaimed by the prophets, carried in the womb of his virgin mother, and made known by John the Baptist is the celebration of an event that changed human history see Advent Preface II. God became man so that man might become like God. In the God who made himself man for us.
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We discover that God our Father will never abandon us because His Son has become one of us. The second part of Advent prepares us to accept the transformative power of that first Christmas.
To those who open their heart to this "baby wrapped in swaddling clothes" and lying "in a manger" Lk , He offers the possibility of seeing with new eyes the realities of every day Benedict XVI. Our celebration of Christmas is not a yearly birthday party for Jesus; it is the celebration of Him who once came in the flesh but who continuously comes. At Christmas we celebrate the beginning of Christ's abiding presence in our lives even though His divinity came veiled in the flesh.
Christ's abiding presence becomes concrete for us in the Blessed Sacrament where His divinity is veiled under the appearance of bread and wine. We promised to offer not only theological but practical points for this period of intense training. Now, there are a number of fine Advent traditions that can help individuals and families prepare.
There is the family Advent wreath, the displaying of a nativity scene without the Christ-child until Christmas, and various sorts of meditations that go with these. Advent is a great time for individuals and families to start praying the Rosary — especially the Joyful Mysteries. But when we keep in mind how busy everyone is during this season, there is one Advent practice in particular that we commend to everyone.
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The method is to print out a copy of the two prefaces of Advent they are available here as a. Those who want to make a greater effort to reclaim the meaning of Advent might consider taking a minute to read and meditate upon the appropriate preface before each and every trip to a mall, a store, or a pre-Christmas Christmas party. In this way, the true meaning of Advent will remain with us even during this chaotic time of the year.
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