This Advent season, we are offering weekly reflections prepared by Campus Minister for Liturgical Arts at Boston College Meyer J. Chambers. Bookmark this page and check back for new reflections each Sunday during Advent.
“As a child, we were asked the question, “What do you want for Christmas?” As adults, our desires have become somewhat more sophisticated. Today is born our savior, Christ the Lord. As we receive the Light of the World into our hearts, my prayer is that we let it shine brightly and touch all those whom we encounter.”
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Fourth Sunday of Advent
“The anticipation of waiting for the birth of our children is something that my wife and I will never forget. The joy of having them in our lives makes clear that each day is Christmas all over again. Now I think I know how Mary felt.”
Third Sunday of Advent
“Luke ends today’s Gospel by saying, ‘Exhorting them in many other ways, he (meaning John the Baptist) preached good news to the people.’ That sounds like an example that we should follow for week three of Advent.”
Second Sunday of Advent
“I love this reading from the herald John the Baptist. It reminds me of the Mardi Gras season where I grew up in New Orleans. Prior to the parade’s arrival, people would mill around on the street, catching up on the latest gossip, meeting new people, and making friends. Then, all of a sudden, the sirens blare, heralding the approach of the parade. The crowds part, and the streets are cleared in anticipation of good things to come."
First Sunday of Advent
“Remember this: the name ‘Emmanuel’ as translated from the Hebrew means ‘God is with us.’ Whether you live alone, have been left alone, feel lonely, or are without the one you love, allow the season of Advent to be Emmanuel for you. Let Emmanuel be on your heart, on your lips, and in your actions.”