Gospel Reflection

The First Sunday of Advent

November 29, 2020

And so our church year begins anew with the season of Advent. This is a time of sober, yet joyful anticipation as we look forward to several things at once. Our readings over the next several Sundays will guide us in anticipating the light that comes into the world in the birth of the Christ Child, but they will also remind us of why that birth had to happen – to save a lost, broken, and beloved people; to restore a broken world; to conquer death and raise all creation to new life in God. This is heavy stuff! Much more profound than just a beautiful and sometimes over-sentimentalized story about the birth of a baby. 

Advent reminds us of why we are a church, the body of Christ, commanded to bring about God’s reign of justice and peace today. It calls us to be reflective and to see that the coming of Christ compels us to do God’s work now to create a world that is worthy of God’s presence among us. This begs the question: What can we do as a people to reorder our lives in the light of God’s love?  

Indeed, what would it mean to live our lives in anticipation of God’s Incarnation and Christ’s coming again? These are questions to ask ourselves in the quiet moments we reserve for ourselves amid all of the holiday hustle and bustle. I earnestly hope that each of you will find the time over the next several weeks for reflection, prayer, worship, fellowship and celebration and in the process begin to find answers to these questions.  

I wish you all a blessed Advent!