It is hard not to get nostalgic this time of year. For some, this is a comfort they love about the holidays. For others, it is a source of pain. For me, I don’t have a ton of memory of this particular time of year; approaching the fourth week of Advent. As a kid, we were still in school. My parents wouldn’t yet decorate, though Mom might break out some greens a week before the big day.
Our honoring Advent didn’t create a lot of memories. But just like Bishop Jennifer, after Easter, Advent is my favorite season.
I don’t think Advent is supposed to be about memories or nostalgic longings. It’s for preparation and anticipation. Which means it is ultimately about discernment.
As we make our preparations for the Feast of the Incarnation (and the Christ Mass), let us bring with our memories and desires some new thoughts about our moment and where we fit into it. Thoughts which cultivate peace: in our own lives and in the community.
And let us find in these days, the light that never goes out, which is always present. Here among us.
Join us for these upcoming Christmas activities:
Greening of the Church, Wednesday (12/22) @4:30-7:30 pm
Christmas Eve, Friday (12/24) @4 pm and 8 pm
Christmas Day, Saturday (12/25) @10 am
St. Stephen’s Day, Sunday (12/26) @8 am and 10 am