Dear St. Helena Parish Community,
Advent is a time for preparation, a time for urgency, and a time for waiting. Children know that they have to prepare for Christmas. They write letters to Santa and try extra hard to be good. As adults we also know that we have to prepare for Christmas. Too often we focus on the material side of things; we get so caught up with the “details” of the holiday – we lose sight of the real meaning of Advent, a time to prepare for the birth of the Christ child. To prepare for Christmas – the true meaning of Christmas. ‘
The gospel reminds us we not only prepare for the coming of the Lord as an infant, we also prepare for the coming of the Lord on the last day. Our hope is that Jesus Christ will come a second time. Our hope is that the Lord’s Second Coming will bring lasting peace. Our hope is that we will all experience this peace, either in this world or, if our lives end before the Second Coming, in the next world. Because we believe, because we have hope, our view of life must be positive, not negative. We are Christian. We believe in Jesus Christ.
Do we live each day by keeping Christ as the center of our lives? Or do we slip into a daily routine and miss the spiritual opportunities that life offers. Advent is a time when we can revitalize our relationship with the Lord through quiet reflection and spiritual preparation. It is a time for prayer and to ask for forgiveness through the sacrament of reconciliation. As you light the first candle on the Advent wreath, take a moment to reflect on the real meaning of Advent and encourage your family to spend some quiet time in preparation for the Lord.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Anthony Siriani