This season is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the mystery and significance of the Christian message. Jesus Christ, our King, promised us "Heaven and earth shall pass away: but My words shall not pass away. (Lke: 21). Unfortunately, these words have been tested this year in may ways. We have heard of the kidnappings of Orthodox bishops, nuns, and the murder of Christian people. These stories have been difficult to comprehend, and cause us to cry out to God for mercy even as the Psalmist did when he uttered "How long, Lord wilt thou be angry forever? Shall thy jealousy burn like fire? (Ps: 78).
We have a God, however, who does not forsake us. He sent us the most precious gift--the gift of His Son to be born in a lowly manager. This vulnerable Christ child reminds that that we are in this world, but we are not of it. We can be weak in many things, but we must remain strong in hope. We have a greater destiny which is redemption by God himself in the person of Christ Jesus. So, in this time of waiting, watching, and even persecution we can cry out the introit from the Third Sunday of Advent "Rejoice in the Lord always: again I say, rejoice. Let your modesty be known to all men: for the Lord is nigh. (Ps. 84)".
May we all have a holy Advent and reflect on our destiny--the gift of our salvation through this most precious gift, aided by His Most Holy Mother.