As we prepare for the new Liturgical Year, Advent is the season that precedes and prepares us for Christmas. It is a season of hope and longing, of joyful expectation and of peaceful preparation. Director of Formation, Sr Sheila Flynn OP shares this reflection with us:
Advent emphasises hope and joy, the things we need to add into our lives: more grace, light and goodness.
God became human not so that God might be with us, but that we might be with God – the readings throughout Advent point to this extraordinary reality. The Messiah is not where we expect him to be; the One who is coming will make right, whole and bring peace. Jesus turns the world into a place of all that is plentiful, a great drama of abundance; he keeps on giving, empowering us.
When Christmas arrives it heralds a time to ponder and notice what has begun. We ‘sign on’ for justice, compassion and forgiveness – these are the hallmarks that show we have been attentive in our anticipation.