Living the Nativity story this last week of Advent

Today is the first day of semester exams. By noon Wednesday, the classrooms and hallways here at Helias Catholic will be quiet. Time marches on, as we all know. In the midst of the last few days before Christmas, I hope that you and your loved ones are able to find a few moments of peace and quiet. While the energy and excitement of gathering with loved ones, giving and receiving presents, and gathering around the dinner table to enjoy delicious food are such a key part of our Christmas celebration, we all know that the “reason for the season” is deeper.

I have always tried in the midst of these busy times to mentally take a step back and recall the story of the birth of Jesus. As many times as I have heard the story of Jesus’ birth, there always seems to be a new insight that comes to me as I read the story. This Advent I have been focusing on Joseph. I was blessed to be present at the birth of my two daughters. I recall the many different emotions I felt in those moments. What was Joseph feeling as Mary went into labor? What does Joseph have to say to me today?

My prayer for each of us today is that we continue to enter more fully into the Nativity story by taking time each day this week to place ourselves in that moment and simply  watch. What do you see? What do you feel? What is God saying to you?

May this last week of Advent continue to draw you closer to Jesus and the wonderful mystery of God with us.  

Live, Jesus, in our hearts — forever!

John Knight
Helias Catholic High School President

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