In the Christian calendar, Advent is one of the most important seasons of the Church. It is the Season of Preparation for the second coming of Christ. In our secular lives we also prepare for the celebration of Christ’s first coming – Christmas – with eager anticipation. Part of that preparation includes cleaning house, and generally “sprucing up” the entire house. In the rural areas, folks would even lime-wash the trunks of trees! Similarly, in our spiritual lives, there is need for sprucing up, acknowledging our sins of commission and omission, shaking off the sloth of mechanical lip service to God and ,”tidying up our act”.
(Our Hope and Expectation, St. Jude’s Writers)