May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all

(pertaining to today’s second reading: 1Thessalonians 3:12-4:2)

Advent is the season many of us can’t wait to begin. Our Jewish friends begin their observance of Chanukah on the same day this year, so we reach this time of hope together. Some of us are so eager to start celebrating that we’ve had up the lights, garland, tree, and lawn Santas for days or weeks already. I think I received my first Christmas card in October.

 

There really is such a thing as over-anticipation. Yet it’s hard to fault anyone for feeling a certain desperation to begin a season dedicated to the spirit of love and the reconciliation of differences. God becomes human, for heaven’s sake: if that gulf can be crossed, anything can! It can’t be more heroic to forgive those who trespass against us, to welcome the outsider, and to be more generous than usual even with strangers. Let the increase of love and understanding abound this Advent! (Alice Camille)

 

Who is waiting for your forgiveness this season? Whose forgiveness do you seek?

 

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