#MyMassTakeaway: Time is short…

Today’s the 4th Sunday of Advent.

Find the Mass Readings here: 4th Sunday of Advent, December 24, 2017.

My takeaway:

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#MyMassTakeaway: Fawn Looks Fabulous. . *Swipe* Meanwhile, I look like a wreck. . I woke to my alarm ringing in one ear and my 4yo's incessant coughing in the other. It's the fourth night in a row I've been kept up, caring for sick kids. So I opted for an extra half hour of sleep instead of doing my hair and makeup. When I finally rolled out of bed, I regretted it. I felt underprepared for Mass. Underdressed. Something was clearly missing. . I'm feeling the same about this Fourth Week of Advent. It begins and ends today. I knew all along I'd have exactly this much time to prepare for Jesus' coming. But I didn't get up early. I didn't put in the extra time for prayer. My Jesse Tree is only half decorated. I'm underprepared. Something's missing. . But the good news is, at least I didn't miss the grand event. We made it to Mass – sick, tired kids and all. And we'll make it to Christmas too. Even though this Advent was short and I'm woefully, regrettably underprepared, Jesus still comes. He came to me in Holy Communion this morning. And He'll come again in our lives and hearts on Christmas day. . I can't imagine anyone was fully prepared for His first coming either. Well, maybe Mary. But I'm sure it was quite a shock for the rest of the world! Christ was not what they expected. They did their best for thousands of years to get ready for the Messiah, and then He came and they – put Him to death? They didn't even recognize Him. . Christ isn't going to wait around for us. And He isn't going to place Himself into the box of our expectations – no matter how well or how lousy we prepared. He's going to come with a Surprise! and a Silent Night! and a Hosannah! and a… Manger? Okay. . So today, I have no choice but to accept my unpreparedness. And open my heart to the surprises Christ will place into my life on Christmas. Bring it on, Jesus. And give me the grace to recognize You when You come. That, as ill-prepared as I am, I can accept You with open arms. And rather than crucifying You, may I place You on the throne as King of my Life. . Amen.

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