As the school year comes to an end for our young men, in the Church’s year we are only in Week One of Advent. As a time of preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmastime, we are encouraged in Advent to reflect on our year that has passed and make plans for the coming one. In this Marist Bicentenary Year, we have reflected on how we will make Marcellin’s dream a reality in the third century of Marist life. As we embrace this Advent time, a time for new beginnings, may be remember our Marist commitment to making Jesus Christ known and loved in our world. May we bring Christ to birth each day, in the compassion and mercy we show one another, and in the way that we reach out to the marginalised and stand up for justice. I offer us all this Advent prayer:
God of our desire and longing,
we await your coming with eager expectation
and with joyful hope.
Strengthen our hearts and minds
with the beckoning light of your redeeming love
that we may earnestly work for the coming of your kingdom
and be ever ready to receive you in those we meet.
God who dwells with us,
we pray for open hearts and that our hearts be as fruitful as Mary’s,
full of love for Jesus and His Good News.
In this way future Christmases might just be celebrated
in a world more in keeping with your will for us.
We give thanks for the year that has been and pray that we may bring Christ to birth each day.
Best wishes for a happy, holy and safe Christmas.