By: Father Frank Critch, OFM // MDS Musings Blog
A reflection for Advent usually situates itself on self-reflection. As we begin this new liturgical year we are reminded through scripture, through creation, through the shortness of the days to prepare our hearts and minds for the celebration of the Incarnation, to prepare ourselves for the coming of hope into our world. I pray the following reflection will help us, like Mary, ponder in our hearts the goodness of God, the goodness of our lives and the goodness of each other. Peace and Happy Advent!
“God won’t ask the square footage of your house. He will ask how many people you helped who didn’t have a house.
God won’t ask how many fancy clothes you had in your closet. He will ask how many of those clothes you gave away to those who didn’t have any.
God won’t ask how many material possessions you had. He will ask whether those material possessions dictated your life.
God won’t ask what your highest salary was. He will ask if you trampled over any people to obtain that salary.
God won’t ask how much overtime you worked. He will ask did you work overtime for your family.
God won’t ask how many promotions you received. He will ask what you did to promote others.
God won’t ask what your job title was. He will ask did you perform your job to the best of your ability.
God won’t ask what your parents did to help you. He will ask what you did to help your parents.
God won’t ask what you did to help yourself. He will ask what you did to help others.
God won’t ask how many friends you had. He will ask how many people to whom you were a friend.
God won’t ask what you did to protect your rights. He will ask what you did to protect the right of others.”