Brothers and sisters, you know the time;
It is the hour now for you to awake from sleep.
For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed;
Let us then throw off the works of darkness
And put on the armor of light.
During the Advent season, our Church challenges us to slow down and strive to find intimacy with God in the midst of our everyday lives. Yet, we often miss the true power and full meaning of Advent because the busy weeks of December often distract us with their multitude of secular parties, shopping, and preparations for Christmas.
In our readings during the Advent season, we are reminded of the need to put aside the many distractions in our lives. We are challenged to prepare ourselves for the coming of the Messiah by “throwing off the works of darkness” and walking in the light of Christ.
How do we do that? The first step begins with self-reflection and examination. What are those attitudes, prejudices, actions and inactions that separate me from Christ? In what ways can I “throw off these works of darkness” and renew my life so that I might be prepared to greet Christ when he comes again? Yes, our best preparation for Christmas is to slow down and simply reflect on the meaning of Jesus Christ in our lives. If we take Advent seriously, we will see how the story behind these days can “wake us from our sleep” and lead us into an ever closer, intimate relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Sincerely Yours in Christ
† Michael P. Driscoll
Most Reverend Michael P. Driscoll, MSW, DD
Bishop of Boise