Advent calls us to become aware of the truth that our Savior is coming: Not yesterday, not tomorrow, but today, now! At a closer look, this is a continuous present, that is, an ever-continuous action: it happened, it is happening now, and it will happen again. At every moment, “God comes.”
This blissful reality – the reason of the season – may not get lost in these last days before Christmas – often filled with Christmas preparations. Our God is the-God-who-comes. He is a Father who never stops thinking of us and, while respecting our freedom, desires to meet us and visit us; he wants to come, to dwell among us, to stay with us. His coming is motivated by the desire to free us from evil and death, from all that prevents our true happiness. God comes to save us.
Many Advent customs help us to prepare the crib of our hearts for the coming of our Savior this Holy Night. Our model for that coming of Christ, which we might call a “spiritual incarnation” is always Mary. Just as the Virgin Mother pondered in her heart the Word made flesh, so we with the entire Church are invited to wait for Christ who comes and to welcome him with faith and love ever new.
We sisters remember you in the Confidentia Shrine during our novena before Christmas and we pray that the Blessed Mother will intercede for us the graces that our heart will be prepared to receive our Savior,
Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary