Advent is not like the Christmas season. Too often the Christmas season encourages activities and feelings for a very secular, consumer-oriented Christmas. Advent, however, focuses on the reflective, spiritual side of the season, one that focuses on the coming of Christ.
Advent does not focus on Baby Jesus. That quickly becomes sentimental and maudlin. We cannot pray to the baby Jesus, because he grew up. The only Christ that exists is the risen Christ. Most of Advent focuses on the Second Coming of Christ at the end of time. He will come in power and glory to judge the earth. That is why the Sunday Scriptures for Advent focus on being ready, awake, watchful, and aware. The Son of Man will come when we least expect.
Enjoy December, but dont be overcome with the spirit of a secular Christmas without Christ. Look for Jesus in your neighbor, and be ready to welcome Christ when he comes to your house, school, or place of work.
As Catholics, we are encouraged to read Scripture,
especially focusing on the readings included in our liturgies.
An easy way to find these and other Scripture texts is to link
to the site for the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops: Today’s