Happy Advent 2022 once again! The word Advent is derived from the Latin word ‘adventus’ meaning coming. Christians all around the world celebrate this time of preparation for the coming of the child Jesus into our lives and most importantly into our hearts at Christmastime and forward.
In our reflection we also take time to notice the four candles on the advent wreath. These candles represent the four weeks of Advent symbolizing Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. The first candle represents Hope. Isaiah gives us that sense of hope in the first reading today as he reminds us of God’s protective care for us as our refuge and strength.
Psalm 122 proclaims peace and rejoicing as we journey to the house of the Lord, which is what this season is all about.
In the gospel message from Matthew, we witness the faith and love of the centurion which led to Jesus healing his servant. The centurion said to Jesus; Lord I am not worthy to have you under my roof but only say the word. “Only say the word’ are words of faith. That is profession of faith for you said at every Mass we go to.
This is seeing more than we thought, it is like trying to hide the good, the bad, and the ugly from our visitor who already has it all. We try to keep things when they can see everything. In our spiritual life as well, we try to hide some things from when He sees everything. People talked about his goodness and Christ who is all good, all knowing sees his heart. He only wanted the healing of his servant but he received the miracle of faith. He counted himself as unworthy to have Jesus, the Son of God and master of the universe under his roof but Christ made his heart worthy by granting his heart’s desire. Yes! Christ is the answer to our prayers. He has Amazing Compassion!
This amazing compassion of our God is needed under our roof, in our houses, offices and business too. This is where hope and peace dwell. During this season of Advent may we make time to reflect on how we will encounter the birth of within ourselves, our family, our community, and the world. May we come rejoicing into the house of the Lord on Christmas morning ever more hopeful, peaceful, joyful, and loving as we celebrate and live out the glorious message of the Incarnation! Have an Amazing Advent!
Fr Joseph Osho