My pastor said today that Advent is a time of gratitude “for the gift to come.” “Thank God ahead of time” is how Blessed Solanus Casey, newly beatified American priest, put it.
During Advent, we gratefully contemplate meeting the Lord face to face at the end of our lives and we look forward to the memorial of His birthday as true God and true man. The Word was made flesh and pitched his tent among us (John 1:14).
Father suggested three ways to gratefully anticipate Christmas:
- Be open to sharing what you have and who you are. Don’t think it’s not enough. Be like the little boy with 5 loaves and 2 fish (John 6:9), whose small offering was more than enough when combined with God’s grace.
- Be fishers of men. Invite someone to come back to Faith who’s been away for a while.
- Be open to an encounter with Christ in confession. Wish to be a saint. Allow God to pour His love and forgiveness into your heart.
I’ll be meditating on the inspiring words of Solanus Casey’s friend, who observed, “When he was speaking with you, you felt that he was constantly God-centered, on fire with love for God, and constantly God-conscious, seeming always to have his eyes on God. He seemed to see everything as flowing from God and leading back to God.”
Let’s pray for each other that we include a good share of gratitude and joy on our to-do list as we go about preparing for Jesus’ birthday party.