It’s easy to think about receiving gifts during this time of year. Patrick Saint-Jean, SJ, used to call it “toy season.” Today he reflects on the challenge of John the Baptist to give to those in need. Based on the readings for Sunday, December 12, 2021.
Advent is a season for giving.
Hi, my name is Patrick Saint-Jean. This is my one-minute reflection.
As a child, December was my favorite month of the year. I used to call it “the toys season.” I did not understand that this was a season of far larger joy; all my focus was on the toys. Those toys made my ego feel more secure. Because of them, I believed I was the coolest kid on the block.
Today, Luke invites us to meet people who are suffering with their own ego issues. When they ask John the Baptist, “What should we do to get ready for the coming of the Messiah,” John replies, “Go share what you have with those in need.”
Advent is a time that challenges us to redefine what gives us joy. It asks that we prepare for Christ’s coming not by inflating our own egos but by sharing with those in need.
Christ shares joy with us, as a sign of love. In return, we are invited to share this joy with others as a sign of care. Because the coming of love is the joy that marks this season.