2019-12-01First Sunday of AdventRev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min.

Everybody seems to be pressed for time. Everybody is in a rush. Have you noticed how many people run red traffic lights? I know that if you try to slow down for the caution yellow light in traffic, you will probably get hit. I have noticed that a lot more people are talking with their hands these days, or should I say with their finger. There is a lot of anger out there.

People just do not want to wait. Children cannot wait to become teenagers and teenagers cannot wait to become adults.

Today is the first Sunday of Advent. It is the day that we begin our preparations for Christmas. The Church suggests that we take some time out to prepare ourselves spiritually for what will happen in the future. It is a time of prayer, something like the preparation time before Easter, which we call Lent. In other words, the Church suggests that we wait to prepare ourselves spiritually for the coming of Jesus. Why would the Church encourage us to wait during Advent? The value in waiting is that we begin to appreciate the present moment. If we are always rushing things, if we are always looking to the future, then we never get to enjoy the present. If we are always rushing to meet a deadline, then someday we will meet that deadline. We should enjoy the present moment.

People start celebrating Christmas the day after Thanksgiving or even before that. When Christmas actually arrives on December 25 for many, the celebration is over. They throw out their Christmas trees and they stop singing Christmas carols. That is very unfortunate because December 25 is the day when Christmas begins and Christmas is celebrated for 12 days. It ends with the celebration of Epiphany. That is when the 3 wise men came to visit the Christ Child.

Do not let commercialism determine the way you celebrate Christmas. It is a holy day. Keep it holy and live each day as it comes. Do not worry about tomorrow. Today has enough joys and sorrows of its own. Live today because some day there will not be a tomorrow for you.

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