“In my own flesh I fill up what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ for the sake of his body, the church” (Col. 1:24). The purpose of the Church Year is to fill up what is lacking in us until we pattern our lives fully on Christ. No Advent should be like the one before. How are we more like Christ this year? What events of this past year will help us appreciate the Incarnation more? Certainly our lives are filled with repetition. Some are very meaningful like the annual Advent wreath or the decades-old ornaments we put on the Christmas tree. Others are simply necessary. Read; Do the dishes; make the bed; take out the trash on Mondays. Whatever action we choose today has potential for filling up what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ for the sake of his body. As you do something repetitive today that is fairly mindless, focus on the impact your actions have on Christ’s Body, the Church.