catalyst (n) –
1. a substance that speeds up a chemical reaction without itself undergoing any permanent chemical change; 2. a person or thing that causes an important change to take place: a catalyst for peace
This past Sunday marked the beginning of the beautiful season of Advent. Just like the cold and having to do certain things to stay warm and healthy, we, too, must do the same in this season – this far more important season. Advent is our catalyst. God gave us this season to help us contemplate on our lives at this point, to inspire us seek ways to nourish our souls, nourish our hearts, and nourish our minds so that we may have them ready for the coming of His Son. God is so good. He provides for our every needs. Rather than having to wait with nothing, He graciously provides for us during this waiting period with spiritual gifts. Let us prepare spiritually.
Throughout Advent, we must seek change in our lives. Changes for the better in order to cultivate hope – joyful hope. This is the time where we must fully accept God’s call to service and to allow the many other catalysts to work in our lives as well. Let us humbly open our hearts and allow change to take place.
I hope and pray that we may cry out to God and ask Him to soften our hearts through more time in prayer. In the 2nd reading on Sunday, we were reminded that He is the Potter and we are the clay. Let us allow Him to mold us into becoming more like His Son, whom we are now waiting for. I also pray that during this season, we will always keep CHRIST in CHRISTmas and never stray away from the true meaning. Don’t be fooled by self-consumerism or cynicism, for we may lose the whole opportunity to grow during Advent. Be reminded of the true reason and reveal to others the spirit and love of Jesus that dwells in our hearts. Let us shine out to others by the way we love, by the way we forgive, and by the way we strive to spend more time with Him, wanting to keep Jesus as the central focus of our lives, most especially during this Christmas season.
Stay in silence and listen.
Be still and alert.