Advent 2017

Third Sunday in Advent - December 17th

Is 61: 1-2, 10-11 / Lk 1: 46-50, 53-54 / 1Thes 5: 16-24 / Jn 1: 6-8, 19-28

As a child, Christmas was always a time of great excitement and anticipation.  Obviously, I thought about the possibilities of the gifts that might appear under the Christmas tree and the sweets that would materialize on the Christmas dinner table.  But, the month of December was replete with the many preparations that were required; making Christmas cookies, Christmas stolen and other goodies, making beautiful, decorated candles and filling little boxes with chocolate candies.  All of these creations were to be given away as gifts, not only to family members, but also to others in the community who might be in need or not have the resources to obtain these simple items.

The readings remind us that the spirit of the Lord is upon us and we are to bring glad tidings to others who may be less fortunate than us.  We have an obligation to think of others who may be in need of healing, who are hungry or imprisoned. We are reminded that the Lord is great and has promised mercy for others.  Advent is an opportune time to remember the gifts that we have received and to think of how we can share our blessings with others.

The feelings of excitement and anticipation for me culminated with the Christmas Eve service at our church.  I always loved the music and the candles that lighted the church.  On Christmas Eve, we are anticipating the birth of Jesus.  As John answers, when asked if he is the Christ, “I am the voice of one crying out in the desert, make straight the way of the Lord”.   The season of Advent reminds us to prepare our minds and hearts for the “one who is coming” and to share the glad tidings of Christmas.

Lesley A. Perry
College of Nursing, Interim Dean