From the Pastor's Desk
Fr. Dan White, S.J.
December 1, 2013
Today we begin the Advent season. Having spent the past few days feasting with family and friends, the start of this new liturgical season requires a change of focus. We have nearly four full weeks to welcome the coming of Christ. Thus the key word for Advent is prepare.
Seems easy enough, of course. We see how the retailers “prepare” for Christmas by their frenzied efforts to make sure Americans buy as much merchandise as we can (or can't) afford. This is the make or break time for selling stuff, so the emphasis is on more: more ads, more sales, more hours, etc.
Our temptation is to follow the wider culture's lead. We can get caught up in believing that to prepare well we must do more. I suggest that what we actually seek is the opposite. Advent is more about the preparation that comes from a deliberate desire to narrow our focus. As they say, less is more.
Advent requires a stillness and quiet that comes from stepping back from the white noise of THE HOLIDAYS!!! that permeates everything in these weeks. The preparation Advent demands has nothing to do with the frantic busyness of our annual drive to boost the economy. We ready ourselves for God's gift of the Word made flesh by the simple desire to be receptive.