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Fr. Scott’s Corner – The True Purpose of Advent

Fr. Scott’s Corner – The True Purpose of Advent

Christmas is a time when the beautiful mystery of God comes into sharper focus. Many devote their lives to achieve a better understanding of God. Though we may try to compare him to other things we know, the truth is that there is no sufficient comparison.

But then we get to December 25 and realize that the mystery of God is most fully revealed in the human life that began at Jesus’s birth. God’s fullest self revelation is the person of Jesus—he is revealed through the life and actions of Jesus.

Of course, Christmas doesn’t tell the whole story. We also need Easter, and all that came before and after it. But, to recall a child who was born in a stable and placed in a manger among animals would one day allow himself to be nailed to a cross for our sins is to begin to understand the mysterious love of God.

In the Gospels this Advent season, we hear repeatedly about John the Baptist, which is fitting as a symbol for why we celebrate. Initially, John was mistaken for the messiah. But instead, he shows us the true purpose of Advent: to prepare the way for Jesus. We must prepare our minds and hearts for the Lord who came before and will come again in judgment. John’s voice is needed just as much today as it was 2,000 years ago.

“…he [John] shows us the true purpose of Advent: to prepare the way for Jesus.”

From the beginning, Christ’s coming turns the world upside down. We must strive to be like the lowly shepherds, who were often despised and mistrusted in their day, yet proved themselves to be exemplary disciples who did not hesitate or doubt, but rushed to share what they have heard and believed about Jesus. On this day of light, we must reflect on the miracle of God among us. Do not hesitate to announce it with the faith and awe of those first witnesses!

This Christmas season, I pray that the generosity of spirit dwells within each of us. From all of us at Mercy Home, I wish you and your loved ones a merry Christmas!

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