Yesterday marked the start of Advent, the period of preparation preceding the Christmas and the birth of Christ. We wait in preparation of what glory is to come. I’ve been waiting to wait for this. Does that make sense? It seems that waiting is my natural state these days, so it only seems natural that we’d have a world-wide recognized liturgical season to make it feel more like a group effort :)
One of my favorite lines during the the Mass is after the Rite of communion, before the congregation is invited to come up to receive the Eucharist.
Fr: This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
Happy are those who are called to his supper.
How simple and beautiful. The definition of humility. I feel like I could ponder this line forever. Today I am struck by what a great mystery the Eucharist is and how we are all so unworthy. No one is ever “holy” enough to literally receive the Lord, now into their body or once upon a time, into their home. How could we be! It is only through pure faith, only by His will, that it is or was even permissible.
In other news, Advent Prayer Buddies started up again. I don’t know if its possible to have such amazing results as last time, but I know I can pray for my buddy with more faith than I had then. Maybe God will surprise us all.