“Today we begin the journey of Advent, which will culminate in Christmas. Advent is the time that is given to us to welcome the Lord who comes to meet us, also to verify our desire for God, to look ahead and prepare for the return of Christ.
He will return to us on the feast of Christmas, when we will remember his historical coming in the humility of the human condition; but it comes within us every time we are willing to receive it, and it will come again at the end of time to “judge the living and the dead”.
For this we must always be vigilant and wait for the Lord with the hope of meeting him. Today’s liturgy introduces us precisely to this evocative theme of vigilance and waiting “.
This is what Pope Francis said in the course of the A ngelus on December 3rd.