My dear Friends,
Waiting is not a favorite pastime of most people. As a matter of fact, I imagine most people in our fast-paced society don’t like to wait at all. And yet, as we enter the season of Advent, we enter into a time of waiting. But in this case, the wait is certainly worth it! For we wait, we prepare for, we anticipate the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Surely worth the wait.
Our culture, our society, rushes Christmas and the Christmas season so much so that sometimes it seems as though it’s over before it’s begun. Yet the Church, through its liturgies and the readings therein, asks us to wait, to prepare in a special way for the Solemnity of Christmas. We are asked to set some time aside to truly reflect on the real meaning of that for which we wait. The anticipation of the arrival of someone dear to us, someone we love, someone who loves us can be just as joyous and just as rewarding of the arrival itself. So it is with Christmas. We prepare to welcome into our lives and into our hearts the Savior of the world, the One who loves us like no one else can, the one who loves us unconditionally, just for who we are.
This Advent season I pray that all of us will take at least a little time each day to reflect on the gift that is Christmas — the Lord Jesus. A proper and sober preparation will enable us to celebrate the arrival of Christmas day with so much more joy. May you be blessed this Advent season!
Be assured of my prayers. Please, pray for me.
Yours devotedly in the Lord,
Most Rev. Roger J. Foys, D.D.
Bishop of Covington