PARAÑAQUE City, Nov. 30, 2015 – A Catholic priest has warned the faithful against the tendency of many to rush Christmas but who are “unprepared spiritually,” urging them rather to reflect first on the gift of hope Advent brings.
“Let us not forget the spirit of Advent,” exclaimed Fr. Gerardo María de Villa, OSB Saturday, Nov. 28, in his homily at the Cathedral Parish of St. Andrew in La Huerta, Parañaque City.
He expressed lament that without this hopeful spirit, Christmas celebrations risk becoming “superficial” with people becoming fixated on the “commercial” and the “materialistic.”
According to him, Advent is above all a time of preparation and waiting, when Christians all over the world are invited to rejoice in and look forward to the coming of their Lord and Savior.
“In preparing for Christmas, the Lord gives us an opportunity to meditate on the hope and the bright future in store for those who have faith in Him,” he stressed.
The priest went on to explain that the current season also challenges all the baptized to become like Jesus in their readiness and willingness to give themselves to others as well as in sharing what they have, especially to the poor.
De Villa pointed out Advent sets off a new course in the Church’s liturgical calendar, and in fact precedes the New Year in the civil calendar by roughly a month.
The Benedictine added that this new liturgical year enjoins all to have a new beginning as they hopefully anticipate the Nativity of Jesus. (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)