Posted December 03, 2010 in Advent and Christmas, and in The Pope's Corner:
An Advent Invitation

by Pope Benedict XVI.

For the early Christians, the word "adventus" included the idea of visit, specifically a visit from God—the idea that God enters my life and wishes to speak to me.

In our daily lives we all experience having little time for the Lord and also little time for ourselves. We end up by being absorbed in "doing."

Is it not true that activities often absorb us and that the world with its multiple interests monopolize our attention? Is it not true that we devote a lot of time to entertainment and to various kinds of amusements?

At times we get carried away. Advent, this powerful liturgical season that we are about to begin, invites us to pause in silence to become aware of a Presence.

It is an invitation to come to an awareness that the individual events of the day are hints that he is aware of each of us.

How often God gives us a glimpse of his love! To keep, as it were, an "interior journal" of this love would be a beautiful and salutary task for Advent and for our whole life.

Advent invites and stimulates us to contemplate the Lord present with us. Should not the certainty of his presence help us see the world with different eyes? Should it not help us to consider the whole of our life as a "visit," as a way in which he can come to us and be close to us in every situation?

Excerpted from a homily for the First Vespers of Advent, November 28, 2009


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