This weekend we celebrate the arrival of the season of Advent, which also marks the beginning of the liturgical year. Advent is a season of devout and joyful expectation. Its four Sundays highlight our desire and longing for peace, justice and unity. While Advent expresses the deep longing of all humanity for God, it also celebrates the three-fold coming of the Lord by:
- Remembering the events that surrounded the Lord’s coming long ago;
- Celebrating his coming among us today, and;
- Looking forward to his final coming in glory;
While Advent is certainly a time of celebration and anticipation of Christ’s birth, it is more than that. It is only in the shadow of Advent that the miracle of Christmas can be fully understood and appreciated. The promise for the church is Jesus Christ; he has come, and he will come again. This is the essence of Advent.