Our activity for the 7th day of Advent was to go to church. Since moving to Mississippi, we've been really bad about going to church. As they say, Jesus is the reason for the season and any Advent activities that focus on sharing our blessings need to include going to church. It felt really good to go to Mass after so long. The traditions and rituals of Catholic Mass have always been familiar and comfortable for Amanda, making her feel at home. It is always interesting to hear how different priests approach their Homilies (the sermon after the Gospel reading).
The priest made two points in his Homily which really stood out to Amanda. He talked about how we have lots of voices filling our mind. Voices from the inside (ourselves) and from the outside (TV, movies, radio, friends, family, strangers, books, etc). This time of year, especially, with all the push to treat yourself, buy gifts, consume, consume, consume....God's voice may be hard to hear. It is important to seek his voice in quiet contemplation and make sure we always remember WWJD (remember when those bracelets were popular?!?!). He also made the point that sometimes he thinks people get God confused with Santa Claus. Santa Claus only shows up for the good girls and boys, but God is just the opposite. He doesn't show up just for those that are worthy. He knows we are imperfect and sinners. That is why he sent his only son to save us. Important points for us to contemplate this holiday season.
"Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs, carrying them in his bosom, and leading the ewes with care."
- Isaiah 40:11