Advent is the time when Christians prepare to greet Christ—who came as a babe in a manger, who comes into our lives each day, and who will come again at the end of time. During this time people focus on getting ready to receive Christ by preparing their hearts and lives to make room for Jesus. It is a time to live as Jesus would have us live. It is a time of longing in preparation of the great celebration of Christmas. The Advent days pass all to quickly as we are pulled in many directions.
Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas. He truly is an Advent saint.
St. Nicholas became popular because he was a faithful follower of Jesus. His life reflected the way each one of us is called to show God’s abundant love to others. Growing up I recall this day as the day when we would receive a small treat or surprise. This modeled what St. Nicholas did so long ago when he left treats for children particularly those in need. This Advent let us take our cue from St. Nicholas and remember that Christmas is a feast of love, hope, kindness and generosity.
Pat Schifini, OSU