Wednesday, 21 December 2016 14:04

An Advent Reflection

Written by Shane Dwyer

IMAGE An Advent Reflection Flowers sun field CROPIf you like a spiritual challenge, this is the season of the year for you. On the one hand, we are in preparation mode for one of the central realities of our faith – the celebration of our God who loves us so much that he enters our world as one of us. Aside from the events celebrated during the Easter Triduum there is no more important celebration in the yearly cycle of the Church.

And yet, the society in which we live makes it very difficult to focus on the significance of this event. The onslaught of pre-Christmas consumerism can be overwhelming. Finding the time to focus on what this season is all about can be all but impossible. However, it is important that we try. This time of the year can be like the experience of panning for gold - intently looking for what is valuable in the midst of all the rubbish. At this time of the year, we are in danger of missing what we are being offered by God.

The time has well and truly come to claim back this season.

This is the beginning of a new liturgical year, and the spiritual nourishment God seeks to give us now will, if we can but respond to it, come to birth in us through the entire year. Jesus Christ wishes to be reborn in our lives and to walk with us through all the ups and downs of 2017. Learning what it means to conceive, carry, give birth to and reveal Jesus Christ to the world is a challenge to us all year round. Advent is an appropriate time to revisit this challenge and to deepen our understanding of what it means for us both collectively and individually.