The Advent of the King
Brothers and Sisters,
Advent is the best.
There is a two-fold purpose for the season: recall the first coming of Christ, and remembering that Christ will come again. Both of these resolutions are folded into the readings for the season of Advent. As the very short weeks of Advent roll by, you will notice that the readings constantly return to this single, two-fold citadel.
You’ll notice how the priest wears purple vestments; again, there is a two-fold purpose here. While purple is the royal color that symbolizes Christ the King is coming near to us, it is also the symbol of penance that marks Advent with a firm reminder that we are not worthy to have Christ come to us. Advent is a season of penance that is necessary for us to prepare for Christmas.
Remember the words of Holy Apostle Paul: “all have sinned and are deprived of the glory of Almighty God” (Romans 3:23). This is why each of us needs the Sacrament of Confession. “if we say that we have not sinned, we deceive only ourselves, and the Truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8).
In addition to making it to the Sacrament of Confession in Advent, let’s be sure that more prayer is part of our routine: add the Angeles in addition to the mealtime prayer, drop by the Church for fifteen minutes of prayer before/after school or work, kneel next to the bed both in the morning and evening and listen in prayer for the voice of the King who was first heard on the original Christmas Day.
Don’t go without penance, either. Find somethings that you can healthfully deprive yourself of as a form of penance. Advent isn’t as strong in penance as Lent, but do not let it pass by without concrete action in atonement for sin.
God be near,