Friday, November 30, 2012

Advent Begins


The word Advent has been translated as “The Coming”: God’s coming into the world. Sometimes it refers to His coming at Christmas and sometimes to His Final coming on the Day of Judgement. But the literal meaning of Advent is “He Comes” (venit), with the addition of “ad” meaning to or toward.

He doesn’t just come in an abstract sort of way, somewhere. This is His personal coming to me and to you. He comes toward us. He advances slowly, cautiously, gently, patiently, lovingly. He doesn’t want to frighten us or make us anxious. He doesn’t overpower us or hurry us or force Himself on us. He knocks on the door of our heart ever so softly, while begging and pleading with us to open to Him, accept His gift of love, and respond with the love of our hearts for Him.

We get so busy, distracted and preoccupied that we don’t even notice His approach and are not aware of His knock. But if we just make the effort to be alert, we will find Him in every moment of our lives. When someone comes asking a moment of our time, it is the Lord in disguise. When we see someone suffering, discouraged, sad or lonely, in his or her face we will see the Lord asking for a supporting word or smile. When things are not going as we had hoped, our plans fail, our projects do not work, our usual routine is blocked, let us trust the loving Providence of our God who knows that this success is not good for us, or not good for us at this time. When things do go as planned, see His enabling hand pulling all factors together at the right time to work for our best good.

As we begin this Advent season, let us listen for His knock, watch for His face, be alert to His working in our lives. May we be aware of His coming to us.

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