Yesterday we began the Advent season, a time when we prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ at Christmas. As we begin this journey of Advent, it is a good time to stop and think about what the goal of Advent is. What is all this preparation for? And where do we want to be, spiritually, on Christmas morning?
Recently on Go Ask Your Father™, Monsignor Stuart Swetland reflected on the goal of Advent, and how we can keep our eyes on what’s most important even during the busy holiday season. He said:
“We have this wonderful, wonderful opportunity to prepare ourselves individually, and as families and communities for the Christmas season. The goal of Advent, of course, is that we become, personally and communally, closer to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ than we’ve ever been before. That’s the proper preparation for Christmas.
It doesn’t matter if the cookies are perfect, if the tree is proportionate and symmetrical, if all the lights and bulbs fit perfectly, if all the Christmas cards are out and properly addressed, every present thoughtfully chosen. Those things are nice, but they are secondary, even tertiary, to the most important preparation for the Christmas season, which is preparing our hearts and minds so that we are closer to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Christmas morning than we have ever been before.
That is the goal of our Advent preparation, and I hope all of you are preparing! The Lord wants nothing more than our hearts and minds to be attuned to His. The mind in us must be the mind that was in Christ. The attitude in us must be the attitude that was in Christ. And that’s where Advent helps prepare us to have a Christ-like attitude, a Christ-like mind, a Christ-like heart. A heart that is attuned to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.”
Listen to the full reflection below: