Happy Great Jubilee, brothers and sisters! Happy Advent! Happy new year of the Church! This is the time we have been preparing for throughout the last six years and even earlier. "This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it" (Ps 118:24). "Now is the acceptable time! Now is the day of salvation!" (2 Cor 6:2)
Jesus' coming this Christmas season may well be one of His greatest comings in history. "But who will endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears?" (Mal 3:2) Throughout history, the times before Jesus' comings have been those of great trials and stress. "Men will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the earth. The powers in the heavens will be shaken. After that, men will see the Son of Man coming on a cloud with great power and glory" (Lk 21:26-27).
Therefore, "pray constantly for the strength to escape whatever is in prospect, and to stand secure before the Son of Man" (Lk 21:36). "May He strengthen your hearts, making them blameless and holy before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus" (1 Thes 3:13).
Christ is coming this Christmas, in the year of the Great Jubilee, and at the end of the world. Before He comes, all hell may seem to have broken loose. We need this Advent to pray for strength. May God the Father "strengthen you inwardly through the working of His Spirit" (Eph 3:16).