The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
There is a Grinch that is stealing Christmas, and it’s not the one from Dr. Seuss’ story. During the Christmas season, it is easy to get wrapped up in buying gifts, attending special events, sending cards and more, and forget to take time to quiet our hearts and minds in preparation for the coming of our Savior.
Over the next few weeks, we will follow St. Joseph as he prepared for that very first Christmas. We will see that he prepared with prayer, with a vision that goes beyond this world, with family, and with silence. Let’s work to follow his example, so that our Christmas celebrations may be filled with joy.
Prayer for Advent
Father in Heaven, our hearts desire the warmth of your love, and our minds are searching for the light of your Word. Increase our longing for Christ our Savior and give us the strength to grow in love, that the dawn of His coming may find us rejoicing in His presence and welcoming the light of His truth. We ask this in the name of
Jesus the Lord.
The Sacramentary (New York: Catholic Book Publishing, 1985)