As we begin a new liturgical year with the season of Advent, we wish one another a spiritually fruitful New Year. It is unfortunate that many of us seems to give little important to the liturgical year whose main purpose is to bring about our sanctification, which is the most important undertaking in our life.
This Advent is, for all of us, an opportunity to rediscover the richness of this well-planned series of liturgical events, even as we start our remote preparation for Christmas. St. Paul's exhortation to get rid of the "deeds of darkness" and to clothe ourselves with the splendor of Christ's grace should motivate us to begin this holy season with a clear plan of action and the determination to carry it out faithfully.
It is worth sharing this Eucharistic Message to all. Today is the 1st Sunday of Advent. ADVENT is the first "season" of the liturgical year. It comprises four weeks. It reminds us of the Lord's coming as our judge and we need to be always ready to welcome him; and to help prepare ourselves for the commemoration of Christ's birth. What we should do is to cast off the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.