Monday of the Second Week

Readings

IS 35: 1-10

LK 5: 17-26

Reflection

In my family, it is understood that as soon as Thanksgiving is over, Christmastime begins. Like clockwork, the Christmas tree goes up and the lights and decorations come out to turn our house into a Christmas wonderland. The turkeys and autumn leaves are swapped out immediately for angels and holly. By the end of Black Friday, any trace of the day before is long gone. And with many of my friends, it’s a similar story. In fact, on the last night of Thanksgiving break, my roommate and I spent hours filling every room in our apartment with an excessive amount of Christmas lights to kick off the season. All the while listening to Christmas music, of course. All of this is done in a spirit of anticipation and excitement for the holiday. We can’t wait for Christmas to arrive, so we fill our lives and homes with Christmas cheer the first chance we get.

The season of Advent embodies this same sense of anticipation. Today’s first reading is full of excitement for the coming of the Lord and all the good things that He will bring about. We know that Jesus’s birth is the manifestation of the promise made to us of a Savior. This is a time of joyful yet patient waiting for the birth of this Savior. But in this time of waiting, the focus of our joy can easily be shifted away from the coming of Jesus and towards the more secular charms that Christmas has adopted. It is so easy, amidst our excitement for the season, to get caught up in the pretty lights and beautiful music and forget to reflect on the reason we have this wonderful holiday in the first place. This advent, I am committing myself to make more of an effort to remember, amid the Christmas festivities and gift giving, to also reflect on the gift of salvation we have been given through the birth of Jesus. And if any of this resonates with you, the reader, I invite you to do the same. Let’s not forget the love that moved God to send us his only Son.

Erin Kendrick, ‘19
Mechanical Engineering Major
Mathematics Minor