Advent Message from Father Gregory
We have entered into the holy season of Advent. It is easy to lose sight of it, what with all the hubbub around us of the Christmas commercialism present in the media and the malls. But the Church invites to take a different approach: to see these days before the great feast of Christmas as a time of waiting, of expectation. For the Church, the season of Advent involves a threefold waiting: for the coming of Christ at the end of time to judge the world and lead us into the Kingdom that is the consummation of all things; for the coming of Christ in the liturgy at Christmas, when we re-enact the historical events that recount the birth of Jesus; for the coming of Christ in our hearts that takes place whenever and wherever we open ourselves up to His presence in our lives and in the world.
The season of Advent affords us a great opportunity to enter deeply into this experience of the coming of Christ; it is a remarkable experience, if we give ourselves over to it, because it allows us to get in touch with that fundamental human experience of longing. We long for so many things, and in the end, the Church says that all the longings of the human heart meet in the person of the Incarnate Son, in Jesus, who was born for us and is given to us that we may be delivered from bondage to sin and death.
This is a great mystery, and it lies at the heart of our faith. May we take this Advent time to enter more deeply into it, that we may be worthy to celebrate the mystery of Christ among us at Christmas.
My prayers for you all,
Father Gregory Mohrman, O.S.B., '76