Welcome to Advent and a Happy New Year! Yes, Advent is when the Church begins again to celebrate in its liturgy the great saving event: God has come into our world. Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again. This acclamation sums up our faith and it is this core belief at the heart of Advent. We celebrate: God coming into our world in the past, disclosing himself to the Jewish people, coming as a human being into Palestine some 2000 years ago. We celebrate: that we can know God in our everyday lives, through our encounters with people, our recognition of Him in the Mass and the Sacraments, in our prayers, in the beauty of creation - here and now. We celebrate: our meeting with Christ at some time in the future.
Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing. There is a yearning for deliverance from the evils of the world, first expressed by Israelite slaves in Egypt as they cried out from their bitter oppression. It is the cry of those who have experienced the tyranny of injustice in a world under the curse of sin, and yet who have hope of deliverance by a God who has heard the cries of oppressed slaves and brought deliverance.
Yet, we celebrate with gladness the great promise in Advent. We know the full story - of how God has saved humanity through Jesus. The Church encourages us to make a new beginning, so let us open our hearts and our lives to all the possibilities that God has in store for us.
Father Godric OSB
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