First Sunday of Advent – Seasonal Reflections

First Sunday of Advent

 Readings: First Sunday of Advent | USCCB 

We are a people who like things fast; overnight delivery of packages from Amazon, express lanes in the supermarket, and fast food. Earlier this year, my sister visited her son and his family who now live in Ireland.  When she returned home, she called me to talk about her trip.  She was especially fond of going to the local pub.  Unlike restaurants here in the States where servers hover over your table like hawks hunting prey, until you pay the tab, pick up your things and leave; the staff of a local pub in Ireland lets you sit as long as you wish and enjoy conversation with your family and friends.  The message clearly is “no rush, take your time.”  

We begin the season of Advent today. It is a season of waiting for the coming of Christ.  Unfortunately, many will rush through Advent, to get to Christmas.  My neighbor who delights in filling his yard with seasonal inflatables recently put up a large, colorful turkey.  Now there is Santa riding a rocket.  I suppose eight reindeer are not fast enough for him.  Advent is a season of waiting; it is season to linger over the prophetic promises like friends lingering over their drinks in an Irish pub until the wee hours of the morning.  Today, make a commitment to enjoy Advent, don’t rush it, take your time. 

Father Lawrence Blake, Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry  

The Campus Ministry Seasonal Reflections are offered during the liturgical seasons of Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter. We bring a variety of voices from Students, Faculty and Staff. The perspectives expressed in these reflections are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Campus Ministry.

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