Hey now...2nd Sunday of Advent
Growing up I can remember that a special part of the journey to Christmas was the Advent calendar. As a child it was an honor to be able to wake up each day and open up the little door. Underneath each door there was a different picture or verse that was intended to help us on our journey through Advent; however, for a child, it just heightened the anticipation that we were feeling about getting to the door for December 25. Nowadays, while not as common, one can find an Advent calendar, and the treat is that each and everyday there is a piece of chocolate to be found and devoured.
This no doubt is a wonderful sensation as one may let the chocolate melt in their mouth, but it does seem to take away the joy-filled anxiety that we should be feeling during Advent. Thus, let's look at the calendar, any one that we may have will be good for this, and instead of looking at it as a countdown for what we may receive, may it inspire us to think of others and how we may care for them. Simply put, let us create a little reminder to BE beauty every day.
It really is not that hard to create some ideas for what to do, but putting them into action may be the deterrent for some of us. After all, we are usually very busy , and at this time of year, even more so; thus, let's allow the simplicity of our actions bring about a profound change in someone's day. Today, even though it is the Second Sunday of Advent, December 8 is the traditional day in which we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of Mary. (I know that on days when it falls on a Sunday it is transferred to the following Monday, but bear with me on this one.) To show how much "our mother" has taught us, let us say 'yes' to help someone today. Sometimes we pretend not to hear or we shout out that 'after the game is over' we will get to the task. Today, to BE beauty, let us think of the other person before ourselves, and jump up to the task with joy.
This Thursday is the celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This is not a feast reserved for those of Latino descent, as Mary under this title is the patroness of the Americas (North, Central and South). Of course, we can come to celebrate as a community at the evening mass that evening, but if the language barrier keeps us away, we can BE beauty by bringing a flower to someone. (A flower is a key part of the appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe to Juan Diego, and if you didn't know that, then you have even more reason to come to the parish celebration.)
When someone drives in a manner to upset you, smile with beauty instead of saying something you may regret. You can buy some food to give to the pantry to help those in need. There is always someone that may be termed an enemy that we can pray for as well. The possibilities are endless, and all we have to do is let our creative minds think about it and ready our hearts and our hands to carry out the mission. Before we know it, we will have touched many people with the love that fills the season, and then, as we arrive at Christmas Day, we will be able to give all those little reminders of beauty to the Christ child to show our love for God as well.
In Christ's Peace,
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