Happy New Year! Yeah, I know. But it's the first week of Advent, which marks the beginning of the Liturgical Year. This year, we Catholics began using a new translation of the Mass...a bit of an adventure to be sure. It is a beautiful translation, though, and I'm looking forward to growing comfortable with it in the coming months.
I'm a little embarrassed to admit what I'm about to share, but I'm too excited to keep it to myself. I purchased a new Bible a few weeks ago. It's my first Catholic Edition Bible. I have continued to use my trusty NIV, even though I have been Catholic for nearly 16 years. I am using this Advent as a jumping-off point to re-discover scripture. It's been several years since my last "read-through" of the Bible. I've grown, and God has led me down some paths that I never imagined even existed. I've read, seen, heard, and experienced a lot during these years, and it has changed me. My companion resources are different now, and the actual translation is new for me, too. I can't wait to see what treasures I will uncover this time through!
So, in the spirit of expectation and new beginnings that Advent holds, I wish you a blessed Advent. Prepare ye the way of the Lord!