Advent is a time of waiting and reflection as we ponder the meaning of the birth of Christ. In an article entitled "The Word of God" on the Jesuit website, Thinking Faith, Fr. John Kavanaugh, S.J. describes the Incarnation writing: " The entry of God is not only portrayed as a religious experience by individual persons, it is also an invasion of history itself, a breaching of the geopolitical and social worlds of all humankind." As we take time to pray and meditate on the Scriptures during this Advent season, let us also take time to reflect on our world. Where is Christ present to us in our daily life, in our political situations, in our environmental concerns? Where am I present as Christ to others as I go about my daily routine, engage in all of the many events leading up to the Christmas celebration? May Advent be truly a time of growth for all of us.