Be with us this day as we continue to celebrate the Advent season. May we look with anticipation toward not only the day we celebrate your birth, O Christ, but to the time when you return to invite us to your heavenly banquet and eternal kingdom. May we as we await that day live as if we were already there, loving our neighbor as you love us. Let us use the many gifts and talents you have given us to serve those with whom we interact this day and everyday. May your blessings be heaped upon us now and always. Amen.