The season of Advent is a time when we are called to shift our attention to the coming of our Lord and to put ourselves in a spiritual posture of hope and expectation. In the book Divine Intimacy, Father Gabriel describes Advent in these words,
“The Church commemorates and renews this ex- pectation with each recurring Advent, expressing this longing to the Savior who is to come. The de- sire of old was sustained solely by hope, but it is now a confident desire, founded on the consoling reality of the Redemption already accomplished. Although historically completed many centuries ago, this longing should be actualized daily, re- newed in ever deeper and fuller reality in every Christian soul.”
What a beautiful description of the Advent season. May the grace of God be in us as we wait and watch for the sec- ond coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and may we take seri- ously this opportunity to grow ever stronger in our faith by contemplating the mystery of the Incarnation and the event that is our very reason for faith, hope and love.