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In the final days of Advent, the Church’s focus changes to urgent anticipation for the coming of Jesus. As we discuss the temptation to focus on wrapping gifts, preparing Christmas dinner, and last-minute preparations for the day, we look at how to change our focus to the birth of our Saviour, including by praying the O Antiphons each day from 17th December.
“The story of the birth of Christ is not only a symbol… It is the Word of God, alive in us to the extent we are alive in Christ. It took place first in history, it was recorded in Scripture, and through the mystery of baptism it becomes embedded in each of our individual lives and circumstances. It plays itself out anew in human life again and again. Once our eyes are opened to it, we will begin to see it everywhere.”
(Katy Carl – Praying the Great O Antiphons)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God… But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” (John 3:16-18, 21)
Questions for Reflection
- Are you familiar with the O Antiphons? Consider praying with them this Advent, perhaps by prayerfully reading each antiphon during Evening Prayer, or with Lectio Divina.
- Is your focus this Advent more on the birth of Jesus, or on Christmas preparations?
- Consider reading the Infancy Narrative in the Gospel of Luke (Luke 1:5-2:52). What strikes you most about that passage?
- When Christmas Day arrives, what can you do to ensure your main focus is on Jesus?