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Joyous Anticipation. The readings today are imbued with a deep sense of expectancy and preparation for a joyous event. Advent is such a blessed time in the liturgical year, beckoning us to consider the joy that awaits us in the coming of Christ to the earth. As we journey to Bethlehem and adore the newborn King in a few weeks, let us consider the things in life that we wait for with eager expectation and the things for which we take time for serious preparation. Those things that we take the time to wait for are the ones that mean the most to us. What do you seek this Advent? What is the deepest longing or void that you want Jesus Christ to fill in your life? As we wait with zeal and joyous anticipation, let us always be ready to proclaim the reason for the joy that is within us during this sacred time in our year (1 Peter 3:15). Share the joy of the Gospel with a smile, encouraging or consoling word, and an act of charity. 
 
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