Posted by: matt25 | December 2, 2012

Begin With The End In Mind

I want to ask you to begin with the end in mind but first let me wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR! Yes, we begin a new church year as we begin Advent today.

Advent means a coming, a coming of Christ to us but also a coming of us to Christ. So if you want to experience a truly Christ centered Christmas, begin with the end in mind and make your Advent Christ centered. Pray to bring yourself closer each day to to the ever living God. Get one of the many Advent booklets that are available and spend a few minutes in reflection each day. Consider going to mass once or more during the week. Search your conscience and celebrate the sacrament of Confession and Reconciliation. Do these things and when Christmas comes you will experience a beautiful day of celebration in a way more like it was intended to be. Not a day of secular celebration with religious history, but an entering into of the great mystery that changed the entire world forever, the incarnation of God as man.

If that is the Christmas you want, then do what you have to with Advent disciplines to open your heart to bring the Christ of history into the present. Then the Christ of mystery will work through you and be born anew as we build the kingdom and look for the day when he comes in glory.

Happy New Year!



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