Advent comes along every year and will continue to do so until Jesus returns. As this season draws to a close for this year we can each ask ourselves, “Am I now any better a disciple of Jesus Christ and more of a steward of all my gifts than before the Advent season started? I have been on this earth for many years. I have had many years of Advents to draw closer to God and to work on taking more seriously my baptismal call. Some have gone better than others, but I would like to think my spiritual life progressed at least a small amount during each of them.
Conversion is a process, a way of living. Conversion goes hand in hand with always moving closer to holiness in Jesus Christ. Living in this way takes practice and commitment. If this advent didn’t go as you had hoped, remember it is not really an end. It is just another step along your journey. This Christmas, while you are giving and receiving gifts and hopefully spending time with those you love, may you take the time to cherish the true gift that came to us over 2000 years ago and continues to call us to this day: Jesus. Let us be grateful for this gift above all gifts, let us continue on our journey, and let our lives give testimony to the one who leads us.