Today, the feast day of St. Juan Diego comes at just the right time for us who spend Advent bustling about rather than patiently waiting and allowing ourselves to be still in anticipation for Christmas. St. Juan Diego was a hermit and lived a simple and humble life. Our Scripture passage for today also speaks of our need to find rest so that Christ might grow stronger within us. “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). This Advent I am finding the “waiting” to be more difficult. I sense a longing for Christmas. Perhaps in a unique way, this Advent, I need Christ to grow stronger within me. I anticipate with a joyful heart the coming of Christ again at Christmas.
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