Second Sunday of Advent
The readings for the day can be found here.
I have always though it was fitting that the Thanksgiving holiday comes not too long before the start of Advent. I know of course the two aren’t officially related – there isn’t really a theological connection between the celebration of a communal feast between Pilgrims and Native Americans and the coming of our Lord and Savior. But still, I think it is pretty neat that the two are so close, and if you think about, they really do compliment each other.
I was reminded of this fact by the both the Responsorial Psalm and the Second Reading from today. Our Psalm reminds us that “the Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy”. Thanksgiving is often a time that we acknowledge all the things we are thankful for, but how often to we give thanks directly to God for all of the blessings He has bestowed on us? In the second reading we are called to “increase our love ever more” and “to discern what is of value”. If Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for our blessings, surely Advent is a time to remember what is truly important in our lives.
The Gospel reminds us that Advent is a time of preparation – we wait, and prepare, for the coming of Christ, who will offer us eternal salvation. What better way to enter into this preparation phase than to be ever-mindful of all of our blessings, of all that we are thankful for, of all that God has generously bestowed upon us? Once we can acknowledge these joys in our life, and that God has provided them, I think we can more fully prepare for the coming of our Lord.
May we always be reminded of our blessings in life, and may we hold these blessings close to our heart as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.