GRATEFUL GIRL'S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Advent: it's here and it's awesome. Advent is the best, dontcha think?
I mean, that's what many of us call this time of year, anyway, in advance of Christmas: Advent. And it is, by all accounts, the only good argument for waiting.
Because Advent signals the official start to the most wonderful time of the year, no? Well, if we can wade through and sift out all the stress-laden and commercially-driven aspects of the season then by golly -- yes, yes it is.
Because, let's face it, this is the only time on the old calendar when everyone is waiting for a very special day (or series of days that are) mired in joy, peace and love. And the anticipation is the stuff of dreams.
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So, whether you're celebrating Christmas, Hannukkah, Kwanza or another winter holiday, you can agree with me that this is clearly one of the only instances in which the waiting is actually good...fun...happy...and hopeful.
Take a moment. Reflect on the meaning and reason for the season. Stop to enjoy not only what's about to occur but also, the sheer joy intertwined in its preparation.
And do something you scarcely do for any other day, event, or reason -- bask in the beauty of the waiting.
Ps 122:1-2, 3-4b, 4cd-5, 6-7, 8-9 R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord. I rejoiced because they said to me, "We will go up to the house of the LORD." And now we have set foot within your gates, O Jerusalem. Jerusalem, built as a city with compact unity. To it the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD. According to the decree for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the LORD. In it are set up judgment seats, seats for the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! May those who love you prosper! May peace be within your walls, prosperity in your buildings. Because of my relatives and friends I will say, "Peace be within you!" Because of the house of the LORD, our God, I will pray for your good. Alleluia See Ps 80:4 Come and save us, LORD our God; Let your face shine upon us, that we may be saved. Gospel Mt 8:5-11 When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully." He said to him, "I will come and cure him." The centurion said in reply, "Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed..."