Advent Begins; the King is Coming!
Yes, a special season in the liturgical year to prepare, to reflect, to repent and rejoice. It's a time of celebration too, of Almighty God come to earth as Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords..."Emmanuel," God with us.
Seek the Lord while he is willing to be found and find healing.
How do we do that? Where do we begin to find Him?
In one of his sermons, St.Augustine tells us.
"You too come to Christ. ...Don't think of the long journeys...One reaches Him, the omnipresent one, through love, not by seafaring. Yet, since the floods and storms of manifold temptations are common enough on this voyage, too, believe in the crucified one, so that your faith is capable of climbing onto the wood. Then you will not sink...."
We find Christ through love, but not love the sentiment for that comes and goes.
St.John wrote: "God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God and God abides in him."
True love is spread about in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, and every act of genuine love in our lives, every personal and moral effort we make to our family, friends, neighbor or stranger, is connected with the spirit of God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The best gift we can give to anyone is love.