Come Lord Jesus, Come!
We enter the Season of Advent on Sunday, November 27th. The liturgical season of Advent helps us focus on the spiritual preparation for Christmas and on the coming of Our Lord. (Advent comes from the Latin adventus, meaning “coming.”) There is a two-fold meaning of this “coming.” During Advent we reflect back on Our Lord’s first coming when He humbled Himself, becoming incarnate and entered our time and space to free us from sin. On the other hand, we recall in the creed that Our Lord will come again to judge the living and the dead and that we must be ready to meet Him. We prepare by repenting of our sin, renouncing our wrong choices, and emptying ourselves of ourselves so that He can come and take up His Residence within us - and within the Church, which is His Body.
During Advent, the Church, as a mother, calls us all to get ready, to clean the house, to set special times aside for prayer and good works so that we will be ready for the coming of the Lord. The readings and prayers of Advent invite us to make the choice to rid our lives of the clutter of daily idolatry and renounce the self-love that can so easily squeeze God's grace out of our lives.
Advent is a gift from God - and all gifts from God are well worth opening. Of course, God has no need of our special seasons, but we do. Advent, like the entire Liturgical year, can unfold as a road, a way, a path for the Christian life and a deepening of the Christian vocation. When we accept His invitation, Jesus comes, sanctifies and transforms our ordinary into the extraordinary, by grace.
However, ultimately, it will still come down to each person, and each family, accepting the invitation to prepare for the coming of the Lord. God always invites. Will we respond?
Together, let us begin our Advent Journey of faith.
Sincerely in Christ,
(Rev.) George E. Harrison, Pastor
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