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February 4, 2023
Advent Reflection

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Advent Reflection. Young children have a magical feel when it comes to Christmas. So much of what surrounds them at Christmas is just unbelievable. There are so many magical things. Lights. Santa. Elves. For me, Christmas is a holiday for children.
Advent Reflection
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Readings for Today

Advent Reflection: How can this be?

Young children have a magical feel when it comes to Christmas. So much of what surrounds them at Christmas is just unbelievable. There are so many magical things. Lights. Santa. Elves. For me, Christmas is a holiday for children.

But in the midst of all of this, it is so easy to forget the real magic of the season. The faith story is so familiar it can be the case we lose the sense of magic that surrounded the fulfillment of God’s plan. It can become yesterday’s old news. And yet . . .

Think about the experience of those individuals we are now focused on during this time in the readings. There is Mary, the Mother of God, whose experience of Gabriel and his message from God had to be unimaginable. “How can this be?” Of course this was her question.

There is Elizabeth, Zechariah, Joseph. But what about us? For the Incarnation is really to be focused on a relationship with God as it becomes more possible in a powerful way. And the relationship is just as magical as Christmas is for a little kid. A relationship with the Word made flesh that forgives sins.

Do not lose the magic of the Incarnation and the real reason for all the magic that surrounds us. God has the most powerful gift for us; the gift of our salvation.

Each day during the season of Advent, you will find an advent reflection from faculty and students at Christian Brothers College High School. To find all the reflections, go to our Advent Reflections page.

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