Advent 2012 Pastoral Letter
I am convinced that we expect from people and occasions far beyond their ability to meet the hopes for the season and in turn, we neglect if not altogether ignore, trusting in the only one who can faithfully meet our expectations far beyond the narrow limits of our imagination. It is akin to “fighting for peace”. It is a paradox that we celebrate Christmas, but fail to invite into the center of our revelries the Nativity of the One we are supposed to be in celebration of.
Now I confess that a part of my Advent is spent generating all sorts of high expectations for Christmas, too. By the time Christmas evening rolls around, I am usually disappointed and spend a day or so afterwards in a state of disillusionment and frustration. In my case, I find many individuals usually do not look forward to Christmas in the fashion that I do. Although, I feel blessed to experience the wonder, mystery, music and meaning of the season; I am pained by so many that miss the point year after year.