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My dear Friends,
“On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry, announces that the Lord is nigh. Awake and hearken, for he brings, glad tidings of the King of kings!”
This is the first verse of a popular hymn sung in many churches during the season of Advent. It is a clarion call to us to prepare for the coming of Jesus. This is after all what the season of Advent is about, isn’t it? A time for us to pause, to take stock, to prepare. Problem is, most of us are not really good about pausing these days, are we? We have to be in constant motion, we have to be doing. And in all this doing it is all too easy to lose sight of what it is we should really be doing during Advent, and that is making ready for the celebration of the birth of Jesus.
By and large, as a society and as individuals, we don’t like to wait. There was a time, for instance, when the Christmas season in the stores didn’t begin until after Thanksgiving Day. Now, many stores are actually opening on Thanksgiving Day, depriving those who have to work in those stores of time with their families and encouraging everyone else to forget time with families and time to give thanks so that they can run out and get the jump on Christmas shopping!
This of course is only one example. There are so many others. The point is that with all the rushing and doing we forget what it’s all about: The Lord is nigh - awake and hearken, for he brings, glad tidings of the King of kings! We don’t savor the season, we don’t take the time to pause, to reflect, to appreciate for whom it is we are waiting and preparing.
This Advent, why not take a break, why not pause to really prepare for the King of kings. Why not make an effort to attend daily Mass, to pray the rosary as a family, to read Scripture for even a few minutes each day, to volunteer to do some charity work? Pause. Take a break. Reflect.
The voice of the Baptist echoes through the centuries – The Lord Is Nigh! What is our response?
Yours devotedly in the Lord,
Most Reverend Roger J. Foys, D.D.
Bishop of Covington
The new address and phone number for the Diocese of Covington curia is:
1125 Madison Ave.
Covington, KY 41011-3115
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