From Season of Promises
The time of action does not differ from that of prayer. I possess God as peacefully in the bustle of my kitchen, where sometimes several people are asking me for different things at the same time, as I do upon my knees before the Holy Sacrament.
(Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God)
A brief meditation upon Advent leads us to ask a question: Where do we find God? In the months prior to the birth of the Christ child, what did Mary do? According to the Gospel of Luke, Mary does not sit around contemplating the mystery of what is happening to her. Instead, she dashes off to visit her cousin Elizabeth for three months. No doubt she helped Elizabeth prepare for the birth of her own child.
We think of Advent as a season of hope and a season of expectation. But perhaps Advent should also be a season of service. Perhaps we will find Christ in Christmas on a deeper level if during Advent we take on a special form of service to others with special needs.
What can we do, first of all, for the other members of our family or the other people we live or work with? What special needs do they have for acceptance, understanding, forgiveness, and love? We concern ourselves with buying gifts, but do we try to think of new ways to share our very selves?
We tend to think of Advent as a “churchy” season, something we think about on Sundays in church. But Advent has far more meaning on Sundays if it is real for us the other six days of the week. Advent is an everyday holy season, an everyday opportunity to prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas by showing special care for others.
Lord of Advent, stir my heart to awareness of your presence in the activities of my everyday life. Amen.