The Liturgical Year begins with the season of Advent which is a period of waiting for the coming of Jesus Christ. It is composed of four weeks - actually four Sundays which is divided into two. The first two Sundays of Advent are dedicated to meditating on the second coming of Jesus Christ at the end of time, when He will come with all power and majesty from His throne in heaven down to earth to judge the living and the dead. However, starting December 17, our meditation will shift from the second coming of Jesus Christ at the end of time to His coming at Christmas.
There are two parts in our advent preparation: the first is preparing for His second coming not only because we do not know when it will come but also because He will judge us according to our deeds; the second part is remembering that He has already come the first time, on the first Christmas midnight, when He was born by the Blessed Virgin Mary in Bethlehem.
The season of Advent admonishes us to prepare ourselves for the coming of Jesus Christ. But how? We should have a life more attune and closer to the Lord. Let us then ask Him for the grace to live according to His will, following the path of goodness and do the things pleasing to Him so that when He comes, we are ready and waiting.