The Advent Season begins on November 29th. Advent is a time of invitation as we anticipate the 2nd Coming of Jesus and prepare to remember his 1st Coming at Christmas. This invitation is expressed in a traditional Advent reading from Romans 13:
Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; 12 the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; 13 let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” (Romans 13:11-14)
This passage shows the correlation between theology, what we believe – “salvation is nearer to us now…” and ethics, how we live – “live honorably as in the day”. As I mentioned in last week’s perspective the 1st and 2nd comings of Jesus frame the 3rd way Jesus comes to us – that is by welcoming him into our own hearts and lives.
The Diocese has a great tool to aid us in deepening our interior life through prayer, so as to embody in our actions an attitude of service to others and generosity. “I am Blessed” is an Advent gift from the Diocese to every disciple of Jesus. It invites us to think more deeply about our life of prayer, life of service and life of financial giving. I would like to invite you to take the time to review the site this week, and prayerfully consider how to use it during the Advent Season. I pray that this will assist you so as to be increasingly aware of Jesus’ coming into your life so that in the words of the Collect for Advent Sunday you will pray:
Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds at his coming, so that, gathered at his right hand, they may be worthy to possess the heavenly Kingdom.
With grace to you at the end of the Liturgical Year,