Advent

 

 As December rolls in, the world around us begins to change.

Strings of lights could be found hugging almost every building in the city, and you yourself have found it a hassle but a pleasure to begin decorating the house for what is to come: Christmas day. But I sometimes find myself putting more emphasis on the physical nature of the Christmas season instead of what Advent does to our souls. 

I love Christmas songs, and one of my favorites would have to be Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas." I believe that it connects in a way to what the season of Advent is all about: longing for something that is to come. In the song, we find Crosby “dreaming of a white Christmas." This clearly tells us that the snow has not yet come, and he is waiting for that beautiful moment when the first layer of snow gently comes down from above to cover all of his world in white.

For us Catholics, Advent is our “White Christmas." We are longing for our savior, Jesus Christ, to come down and make all our sins “as white as snow” (Is. 1:18). The difficulty is that our world can be easily distracted and may, in turn, skip over the period of longing which God is calling us to experience. He longs for us to take the time to prepare our hearts so that, when the time comes, we may be able to receive the fullness that is His precious son, Jesus Christ. Advent is a time to slow down. It is a time to realize our emptiness without Christ and joyfully wait, with glorious anticipation, for the coming of our savior into our lives.


Juan Valentin, Seminarian
Theology 1st
Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary

 

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