Think of children waiting for Christmas day to arrive and for the presents that they hope to receive. They wait in eager (and sometimes impatient) anticipation.
Think of parents waiting for the birth of a child. They wait to welcome anew this child that is already a part of their lives. They wait to see the newborn baby and to interact in a new way with someone they love.
There can be a joy in waiting, a joy that prepares us to appreciate the blessings we receive.
As we approach Advent, Holy Mother Church bids us to reflect on the Incarnation of Jesus as we wait for His Second Coming. We have a whole liturgical season set aside for waiting in joyful anticipation, for meditating on the gift that Jesus is to us. We are so blessed that He wants to come to us, that He wants to be a part of our lives and to lift us up into relationship with Himself.
This expectant hope can be an important element of our Eucharistic Revival as well. Join me for three evenings of reflection on how we can dispose ourselves for deeper encounter with Jesus this Advent season by waiting in joyful hope for the celebration of the Incarnation, for Jesus coming to us in the Eucharist, and for His Second Coming.
Waiting and Rejoicing: Advent Eucharistic Online Evenings of Reflection
Dates: Wednesdays - December 6, 13, 20
Platform: Zoom (You do not need a Zoom account to participate, but you will need to download Zoom on your computer or phone if you have not previously done so.)
Session 1: The Joy of Waiting (Dec. 6)
Session 2: He Comes in Humility (Dec. 13)
Session 3: Glory to God in the Highest (Dec. 20)
To receive an email with the link to these sessions, register for this mini-course at:
By Dr. Seth Wright, Director of Missionary Discipleship
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