It’s an interesting time of year. Last week, we celebrated Thanksgiving – calling to mind and appreciating all our blessings. And then, we take a sharp right turn to mega-discounts and cart fulls of stuff we don’t need.

It has simply become the norm – Thanksgiving kicks off the Christmas season, and Christmas is just an excuse to ‘get stuff’.

But, as followers of Christ, we know there’s so much more to it than that.

We are entering the season of Advent, a time of preparation for Christmas, very similar to how Lent prepares us for Easter. The Catechism of the Catholic Church gives us this guidance for how we should approach this Season.

When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior’s first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming. By celebrating the precursor’s birth and martyrdom, the Church unites herself to his desire: “He must increase, but I must decrease.”” CCC 524

Is that how we typically think of this time of year? When the world tells us it’s time to ‘get more’ so we can ‘be more’, this line from John’s Gospel tells us the opposite, that we should decrease.

I’d invite you to ponder this message in the coming weeks. Let it set the tone for this Advent season. “He must increase, but I must decrease.


Be the Men,



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