Happy Advent! What is Advent? It is not Christmas, although you would never know it in some circles. It is a penitential season in which we watch, wait and prepare for the spiritual coming of the Christ Child into our hearts at Christmas. In doing so, we will prepare ourselves for the coming of Jesus on the last day and also when we close our eyes for the last time, something we should never fear.
St. Bernard says there are three comings of Jesus. He says, “In the first coming he was seen on earth, dwelling among men; he himself testifies that they saw him and hated him. In the final coming all flesh will see the salvation of our God, and they will look on him whom they pierced. The intermediate coming is a hidden one; in it only the elect see the Lord within their own selves, and they are saved.”
Now you know what a sacrament is. Jesus comes to us most directly and intimately in the sacraments. Sacraments are outward signs started by Jesus Christ that gives sanctifying grace. Sanctifying grace is the very life of God.
My prayer is that during this Advent season, you will be able to receive the sacrament of Confession, attend Mass more frequently and spend some time in the church in adoration. Jesus said, “For this is the will of my heavenly Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.” (John 6:40) Looking on a consecrated host in a monstrance is seeing the Son in the most exquisite way this side of eternity. Ensuring a holy intermediate coming of Jesus in your soul will help you prepare yourself for His final coming when He comes in the clouds in all of His glory and majesty. Glory and thanks be to God!!
Fr. Christopher Kubat