Advent is about Christ’s coming. The preparation for his coming is reform, and the promise of His coming is reconciliation. And the two are linked. If the Messiah comes to restore harmony between nations and people, then the people of the Messiah are to build harmony. If the Messiah will judge the poor with justice, then the people of the Messiah are to work to eliminate injustice. The worst injustice in our society is abortion. But Christ’s coming heralds a new harmony between mother and child. Advent leads us to the Silent Night when the whole world finds joy in His birth. May that birth shed protection on all about to be born, and as we work to end abortion, may we “wait in joyful hope for the coming of Our Savior, Jesus Christ.