adventus

well folks, we are currently in the first week of advent, which is actually the first season in the liturgical calendar. i wanted to share this bit of scripture from matthew 25 that paints a picture through parable, of the anticipation and proper preparation for ‘the adventus’ or ‘the coming’.

you see, before Jesus was born, there was silence from God for hundreds of years. prophets had spoken the coming of the Christ, for even in the garden, God began to make a way for restoration. but no one knew exactly when this would happen. much like we don’t know when He is coming again. advent represents the story of Christmas, two-fold. firstly, the coming of the Christ, to walk among us both fully man and fully God, paying the ultimate sacrifice with his blood shed on the cross, rising again three days later to overcome death. and secondly, our preparation now for His return to overcome death and darkness once again.

this, is the story of Christmas. the advent. the waiting. the coming of Christ! may we reflect on His kingship and gather enough oil for our lamp stands this advent season!

“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

joy.

today marks the third sunday of advent.

“but the angel said to them, “do not be afraid. i bring you good news of great JOY that will be for all the people.”

advent (latin for “coming”) is the first season in the christian liturgical calendar, and takes place the four weeks prior to christmas. each week, a different theme is honored, in our symbolic preparation for the birth of Christ: hope, peace, joy and love. it is a time where we symbolically prepare for the arrival of baby Jesus. of course this translates into our faith today, as a time of reflection in preparing for the second coming of Christ while also remembering the day our gracious God sent his Son to give life.

as we get ready to talk about joy today at church, i am spending some time in the bible, asking God to show my community joy.

“stir up your power, o Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and forever. amen.”

the book of common prayer, p 212
“third sunday of advent”