The word “Advent” comes from the Latin “adventus,” which means “arrival.” The arrival we await during the season of Advent is the arrival of Christ. A lifelong Christian probably takes that statement for granted. Nevertheless, the coming of Christ presents the most significant epoch in the history of humanity. God became man. The second person of the Trinity, the Logos, manifested Himself in a human baby. Although Christmas may seem ubiquitous during this season, the true essence of the celebration is often lost. Without adequately preparing ourselves, we may acquiesce to the consumerism propagated by our present culture. For this reason, Advent is an essential opportunity for deep reflection and an understanding of who God is. Through prayer and careful consideration, we can partake in the spirit of Advent by preparing ourselves to accept the truth. Interestingly enough, Christmas is the celebration of the arrival of the truth, the Logos (Christ) being the theological manifestation. Only through careful preparation can we ready ourselves to accept the arrival of the truth when He presents Himself to us.
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