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Wednesday, 11 December 2019 07:00

Is Advent flying for you?

 2019.71.Why does Adventt go so fast.main blog

 

Unlike Lent which gives us 6 weeks to settle into the idea that there are things in our lives which need our attention, during Advent we only have 4 weeks to prepare. This means that action needs to take place immediately for the season not to be consumed by presents and the celebrations that typically lead up to Christmas.

Getting ready for something takes planning and serious consideration. We are invited to prepare as Mary too got ready for the final weeks of her pregnancy. Mary had to prepare for the birth of her child and make a journey to Bethlehem. I don’t envy her making this journey whilst being heavily pregnant. The ultimate birthplace of Jesus was a stable, probably not what she imagined as the perfect place. But this invites us to see Jesus as a vulnerable human being born into a world that was not ideal to receive him, and to realise in our own hearts that we might not be ready to receive him either.

So Advent has some urgency about it. Can we let ourselves be caught up in the mystery of when a child decides to be born? We may anticipate that a child is coming, but it is a surprise when the birth starts to happen and a great relief at the same time. How many times at the end of Christmas Day have we said to ourselves “Thank God it is all over,” whilst also having a sinking feeling that is more than the plum pudding, “Did I miss the point this Christmas?”

So don’t let Advent pass you by. Make a resolution to be ready this time for the coming of Jesus. Take some time to let Jesus know that you are waiting for him knowing he is always waiting for you.

Fiona Shanahan