The Advent season is a time to prepare with joyful expectation for the celebration of the Birth of Christ at Christmas. It is also a time to deepen our relationship with Christ, Emmanuel, “God with us.” By the power of the Holy Spirit Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary, and was like us in all things but sin. This amazing Mystery, the Incarnation, changes everything for all creation, especially human beings.
Truly God and truly Man, Jesus is the clearest image of God the Father. His life and teachings show us the Father and reveal Jesus’ relationship with Him. Jesus proclaims God as “Father” and teaches us to pray to him as such. This opens for us a relationship, not only with God our Father, but also with Jesus our Brother and the Holy Spirit.
The Sacraments of Initiation, Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, celebrate and consecrate our relationship with the Holy Trinity and being a member of the Church. Throughout our entire life, God chooses to be with us and our relationship with the Trinity grows stronger through our participation in the life of the Church; that is, personal and communal prayer, receiving the sacraments and acts of mercy.
This Advent the Scripture Readings for each week will guide our reflecting on and renewing our relationship with the indwelling Trinity, God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and our role as a member of the Church, the Body of Christ.