Advent is a time of preparation in expectation of our Lord’s birth on Christmas. For the Church, it’s the beginning of the liturgical year, but for many Christians, Advent and the Christmas season is viewed the same as secular society – the end of another year and the time to start deciding upon your New Year’s resolutions. However, perhaps we should take a second look at the truth behind Advent being the beginning of the year and choose a new “resolution”, in particular that of dressing our Sunday best for Our Lord and King.
1. We Are Expecting To Meet Our King
Advent is all about preparing for the birth of baby Jesus. It’s a nice thought that not many people decide to contemplate any deeper than an image of the nativity. In the rush and holiday feelings of Christmastime, we often forget just who is being born. Yes, it’s Jesus, our Lord and Savior, but He is also a King – the King. Born in a humble manger in a stable and not in a castle, He is still born as Christ the King. It’s interesting how we often forget this fact as we head into Advent and Christmas, even though the Feast of Christ the King is always right before the Advent season. However, it’s something we should pay particular attention to and remember in a special way as we decide what to wear when we go to meet Him.
2. Dress As If We’re Meeting A King
If we were to meet the President or the Pope, we would dress in our best attire. We would probably go shopping and spare no expense for meeting such important people. Yet, when we go to church, we often treat it as just a routine weekly event instead of what it really is – going to meet and receive Christ the King. It’s a well-known and unfortunate statistic that, today, many Catholics don’t really believe the in true presence of Jesus Christ during Mass. According to the most recent survey on what Catholics believe, from CARA at Georgetown University, close to 50% of Catholics do not believe in the real presence of Jesus Christ. As there’s been a decline in Sunday best dress, this statistic not only makes sense but also is expected. If you don’t truly believe you’re meeting Jesus Christ, Our Lord, Savior, and King, then why bother dressing nice at all? However, the Truth is that Christ is truly present in the Mass, and so we should dress as if we’re meeting a King, because we are indeed going to see the King.
Advent Is The Time To Start Dressing Your Sunday Best
Advent is the beginning of the Liturgical year, and since our lives should be centered on Christ, perhaps we too should begin our year at Advent. Instead of starting our New Year’s resolutions on January 1, perhaps we should start on the first day of Advent. What better way to show respect to Our Lord and King than by dressing our best? What better resolve to have than to start dressing as if we’re going to meet our King?