My hope is that everyone is having a good Advent season. What makes for a good Advent? Why, much of the same things that makes for a good Lent. Prayer, Reconciliation, scripture reading, Holy Communion and even fasting help, they are all great and help brings us closer to God. But have you ever thought of what really makes a worthwhile Advent? If you answered putting the Christ back into Xmas you’ve nailed it. Although the “baby Jesus” we are familiar with at Christmas is a wonderful sight, we need to remember there is something powerful that lies beneath that image. The image of the baby in the manger is a reminder of what level God is ready to stoop to in order to have us back in His presence and that only He can provide the true joy and happiness to fill the void that the darkness of sin has left. No man can promise joy and happiness like God can. That image of baby Jesus cries out the state of man and his spirit: vulnerable, poor, lowly, fit only to be with animals, and yet God wants more for us. So He came down to our level to show us the way. So it’s the things I mentioned before that make for a great Advent: taking care of other’s needs, loving others for who they are and not expecting love in return, not judging, reconciling our relationships, helping the poor, you get my drift. Below that very same image lays the powerful one, the King who is to come. The mature Christian version of that same image is the hope that is to come. If we look at the image of Christ as described in John’s Book of Revelation, it’s anything but cute, and can even be downright scary, and it’s meant to be. (RV 1: 13-16) Remember, that image stayed with Jesus to the end…weak. Remember Luke’s Gospel? Yep, weak. But as the risen King that is to come that image had to change. Remember, this King has to fight! He can’t look all cute and cuddly battling the likes of Satan and his Antichrist. The lamb has now turned into the Lion. But if we are ready, there’s nothing to fear and we recognize Him for who He is, our loving savior. Are we ready to meet the King this Christmas?
Until next time…have a great Advent and please keep those less fortunate in your prayers … luv ya! Deacon Phil