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We’re rapidly approaching that moment we’ve been waiting for: Christmas. In many ways, Christmas is a return home, to the Heart of Our Lord. And at the same time, Christmas is that time when we welcome Christ into the home we’ve prepared for Him in our hearts. This is where our Advent journey has been leading.
The full reflections for each week are found in our Advent “Accompanying the Holy Family” eBook, please download it for FREE here.
Homes are often messy, imperfect, and Christmas reminds us that God willingly entered into the messiness of our lives. He entered this fallen, sinful world in order to restore it, to restore us, to make all things new.
From our Advent Playlist, listen to “My Heart Your Home” by Maverick City Music:
This week’s reflection is based on the following Scripture:
When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.”Luke 2:15-20
Our Lord doesn’t call us to be comfortable; He calls us to follow Him, to live as He did, and to let Him transform our lives.
This encounter with Christ calls us to bear witness to His coming among us.
We are continually being made new. May we experience this Christmas with wonder and joy.
Read a summary of the Interior Castles of St. Teresa of Avila and what it means to be “under construction” here.
Watch a video based on a quote from C.S. Lewis about “God building a palace within you” and that work of restoration here.