Saturday, December 10, 2005

Have We Room For Him In Our Inn?

Advent is a time to reflect on how we have behaved this year. Have we been good or have we been bad? Have we been like the innkeeper in the Infant Narratives who turned the Holy Family away because "there was no room for them in the inn" (Luke: 2, 7)?

What are we doing this Advent season to prepare for the coming of the Lord? How are we making use of these weeks to prepare for Christmas? Shopping? Decorating? Getting anxious over what to cook and what to wear? Eating and drinking to our hearts content?

Are we ready to welcome Jesus to our "inn"? How are we preparing our "inn" for the coming of Christ? Are we sweeping it and cleaning off the accumulated dust by going to Confession? Are we decorating our "inn" with flowers by our prayers and reflections? Are we serving the fruits of our labor by helping the poor, the needy, even the neglected among our family, relatives and friends whom we ought to spend time with in order to reconcile with them?

Perhaps the present culture has focused too much on the material gain rather than the spiritual gain of Christmas. Archbishop Chaput of Denver certainly believes so. It is now time to drop the shopping bags and pick up our lamps and prepare ourselves for the coming of the King.

Denver, Dec. 09, 2005 (CNA) - As the Catholic Church approaches the second half of Advent, and with it, the coming of Christmas, Denver’s Archbishop Charles Chaput is asking whether or not American culture really has room for Christ…or simply a secular construct of His birthday.

He begins his column, printed in Wednesday’s Denver Catholic Register, by citing a 1955 essay by author and Christian apologist, C.S. Lewis, who’s Chronicles of Narnia are slated to hit movie theaters this week.

Read more.


Blogger Carmel said...

Sometimes it's too easy to be caught up in the other aspects of Christmas, instead of reflecting and asking ourselves these questions.
btw I want to see the new movie out!

1:09 PM  
Blogger Saint Peter's helpers said...

I agree. We are surrounded with worldly things that it is sometimes difficult not to get distracted by them. Thank God for the Church which is our refuge from all the noise of the world.

I haven't seen Narnia yet but would be interested in seeing it.

7:34 PM  

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