Here we are again at the start of a new liturgical year.
The Advent of our King, as we celebrate His first coming and continue to prepare for His second, is upon us.
It is time to change colors.
More importantly, it is time to change our souls, hearts, and minds.
It is time to physically prepare for Christmas.
More importantly, it is time to spiritually prepare for the coming of the Christ Child.
Unlike the world, who waited for ages, and Mary, who waited nine months, we only have "four" weeks until "the Word was made Flesh and dwelt among us".
How are we preparing our manger? How are we heeding the words of St. John the Baptist? How much are we like Elizabeth? How much are we like St. Joseph?
Let this be a fruitful time, so that "we, like Mary, rest, confounded that a stable should display Heaven's Word, the world's Creator, cradled there."
Let us be sincere when we say, "Maranatha."
Let us again prepare the way for the Lord.