I have been asked to write an article for a newspaper on the real meaning of Christmas and I was actually finding it very hard to get an opening or an angle to take on the subject. I prayed about it this morning during our morning prayers with my wife and when I came to look at the readings the beginning of the first reading told me all I wanted to say: Jesus comes to help us, to tell us not to be afraid and to lead us.
Jesus even refers to Israel as his “Puny little mite” and Jacob as a ‘poor worm.’ These are not words of insult but words of affection; it is like a father saying to his child, ‘come my wee helpless one, I shall look after you.’
We should use the time of advent to awaken in our heart a longing for Jesus to come to us. We can do this be reflecting on the readings and observing how Jesus tells us that he is coming and how he longs to be with us.
There is something deep inside that rejoices in a God who cares. No matter how we try to convince ourselves, there is always that knowledge inside of us that there is a God and that we are in some sort of relationship with him.
Advent is a time to explore this knowledge and to recognise it!