My friends, on their part, grew to anticipate this and together we would sometimes come up with our "New Years" resolutions today instead of waiting for the rest of the world. It makes a great deal of sense to begin afresh when you are readying up the house of your heart for the arrival of our little King.
So today I would challenge you to reflect on your liturgical year and perhaps even make some resolutions for your spiritual life. Ways in which you can prepare your inner room for the coming of a new baby... the most handsome child the world has ever seen!
As we prepare of Advent here in the monastery we treat it much like Lent, decreasing our noise and our communication, increasing our love and acts of charity. We too have the Christmas cookies to bake, the decorating to be done, and the presents to organize, wrap, and deliver. But here the focus is on the silent waiting. Some religious communities have a practice of doing good deeds to prepare a soft bed for Jesus. Each time you do something extra or a little charity, you add a piece of straw to the empty manger... and hopefully by Christmas there is a soft bed of hay for our little King. So let us together prepare a soft bed of good works for our Lord, and of course....
Happy Liturgical New Years to You!!!