Advent calls us to wake up, to arise from our sleep, shake off the dust of routine, habit, custom... and to prepare to let Christ come alive in our lives.

Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent. It marks the beginning of our preparation for Christmas. The readings of the day urge us to wake up, get ready and make a new start.

Father, help each one of us to prepare well for this coming Christmas.

To think beyond the things that we look forward to for ourselves,

to include the wishes and the needs of others.

Help us to grow in appreciation of the meaning of Christmas;

to both receive and share Your life, revealed in Jesus.