Christus Adventus–Christ arrives.
If you live in the city, or out in the country, or somewhere else, you probably have seen the Christmas lights and trees up already, and you’ve probably already heard Jingle Bells enough times to want to strangle the person who wrote it.
And if you realize that it’s not Christmas yet, that it’s not even Christmas season yet, you are in the minority.
It isn’t Christmas season yet. It won’t be Christmas season until January, because you get twelve entire days of Christmas and then a whole month of celebrating in January before Christmas season ends.
If you know what I’m talking about, you’re probably Christian.
It was a tradition in the Church for the longest time and still today that the season of Christmas ends on the second of February. Christmas doesn’t begin until the twenty fifth of December in the United States.
What season are we in? Advent.
Advent is a preparation for Christ. It’s a time of making straight the paths to our hearts, of rooting out sins, of giving to those less fortunate than ourselves. It’s a season of penitential prayer, not a season of celebration. But it seems like the entire world has forgotten that, and it’s so very hard to focus on preparation when everyone is acting like Christmas is already here.
People are so focused on the shopping and the ugly sweaters and the family reunion and everything else that they completely forget about Advent. I forget about it too, I confess. I get up to do my school and get to dance and do all of the regular things and my mind just skips the fact that it’s Advent.
‘Prepare ye the way of the Lord,’ yeah. I forget to.
Even focusing on the true meaning of Christmas doesn’t get us in the proper direction, not always.
how, again, do i prepare the way of the Lord?
Well, if I only realized it, it’s not a deviation from my everyday life. Instead, it’s just doing a little extra. It’s in the prayers I say every morning, where I can insert an extra prayer for God to open my heart wide enough to let Him in. It’s in the Saint Francis Prayer I love so dearly. It’s in my daily duty of math, where I can quietly do it in a timely manner and not complain. It’s there in cleaning up after my little sister for the seventh time today, if I don’t yell and speak softly to her instead. It’s there in living my life.
God doesn’t ask us for impossible feats. He asks us to do little things. Saying an extra prayer for world peace every morning isn’t much. Talking to someone who doesn’t know about Advent isn’t much.
Doing our duty isn’t much.
It’s how we’re doing these things that’s important to him. If we’re doing it because we have to, it doesn’t do much for us. But if we do it for God, then the value of these little every day things suddenly skyrockets.
So prepare ye the way of the Lord. Do the little things. Get your heart nice and open, so Jesus Christ can enter on Christmas Morning, because he really, really wants to.