Preparing for Advent during the pandemic

Directly translated from Latin, Advent means “come into”, just as Jesus came into the world to save us from eternal condemnation.

Nov 21, 2020

By Samuel Latimer
How can youth prepare for Advent during this restricted stage of lockdown?

First and foremost, we must understand what Advent really means. The next few lines explain in brief the meaning of Advent:

Directly translated from Latin, Advent means “come into”, just as Jesus came into the world to save us from eternal condemnation. It also means a time of anticipation and patient waiting. Advent has two meanings based on different times. Before the birth of Christ (BC), advent was the first coming, not the second coming, as the Messiah had not come into the world yet. How do we know this? It is written in the Book Of Daniel after an apparition by the angel Gabriel: “A prince (Jesus) who is to come. The end of that prince will be a catastrophe and, until the end, there will be war and all the devastation decreed.” From this text, we witness the first fragments of the first Advent in the Bible, recorded by Daniel on a mountain on which he was confessing his sins to God. This is why Advent has been narrowed down to the weeks leading to Christmas, as we are waiting for the Birth of Jesus.

Right now, during this period of suffering, we are still undergoing the Advent, or the second period of waiting which will end one day or on judgement day. So how can we prepare for the coming of God’s Son Jesus? St Teresa of Calcutta has provided us with the simplest way of preparing ourselves. She has taught us how to love the poor, because those without anyone to love them in the world are undergoing the greatest suffering that can possibly exist. Let us not waste what we have and offer the things we really want but don’t need to God our eternal and loving Father. This might include unnecessary time spent on watching TV and gaming. Instead, let us recite the rosary and offer our hearts to Mother Mary, whose own heart is aching and bleeding with the burden of our sins. Before Christmas, also remember to go for confession, and be absolved, asking for God’s grace to be as pure as possible to receive God during the Eucharist. Most of all, remember to smile, because that is a sign of God’s eternal joy for his creation.

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