Advent is a time of active anticipation. Think of a time you anticipated an event – a surgery, a trip, a test,…  Whatever it was (good or bad) you likely didn’t just sit around waiting for it, but rather you prepared or showed some form of active anticipation. For a surgery there are pre-op appointments and logistical details. Likewise, you’d pack and prepare for a trip, and hopefully you’d spend a considerable amount of time studying prior to a test. During Advent we are actively anticipating and preparing for the coming of Jesus. We know the story well… Jesus was born in a stable and laid in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn. So while we are preparing for His birth and the incredible nature of the Incarnation, we must also ask ourselves a similar question here and now today:  Is there room for Jesus in my life today? If Jesus were to return tomorrow and stand in our midst – would I recognize Him? Would I welcome Him? Would there be room for Him in my heart and in my life? The following is a link to a video by Fr. Mike Schmitz that offers a great summary of the season and the importance of saying “no” in order to be able to say “yes” to Jesus. I especially recommend you watch it with your teenage children!

http://ascensionpresents.com/video/advent-more-than-a-chocolate-calendar/

Melissa Quaranto

Melissa Quaranto

Director of youth ministry