We welcome this new liturgical year with the season of Advent. As you can see, Advent invites us to a quieter time, to stay awake, to “watch.” We can see this in the environment that we experience in church: we switched out old missalettes, worship aids, liturgical calendars and we leave behind the color of green of Ordinary Time and introduce the violet color and the Advent wreath. How interesting that the gospel ends with the word “Watch!” The Lord encourages us to not sleep through the opportunities life gives us to discover God in our lives and in the lives of others. To “watch” is to pay attention to the signs of God's presence in our lives, to live expectantly as a gift from God. This is what our lives are, an Advent, a prelude to the life of God to come. Let's pay attention to this time of Advent and have an encounter with our Lord. Do not get distracted with Christmas season yet. We are heading there, but in the mind time stay watchful and let us journey together to the coming of our Lord and Savior. On a different note, December the 8th is The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Patronal Feast Day of the United States of America and it is a Holy Day of obligation. Come and celebrate with us this Marian Feast, because all of this is all about Mary!
Fr. Alex Ureña