In this morning’s Office of Readings there was a marvellous Prayer of Intercession which reads: “As we think and pray about your Son’s coming, help us to grasp its meaning in a way that is personal and profound.”
For me that sums up what Advent is about, our waiting on the Lord.
The local priest here in our parish likens Advent to a drama, a drama of waiting and revealing who the child to be born really is. He talks about the great characters of the drama and the great words of it as well.
The other day at Mass he said that ‘Immanuel,’ God is with us, is one of the great words of the drama of Advent.
As we approach Christmas Eve and all the masses and celebrations we can feel our heart grow expectant for the coming of Jesus. There is always something new and wonderful about the coming of the Lord into a world full of hate and hunger.
There is the feeling that in the midst of all this there is a hope of something good, something small and helpless beginning and growing in an idea or action that can change the world forever.
Everyone knows the story as it worked out on earth 2000 years ago. Yet we all have this feeling deep inside that this time it may be different. Jesus comes every year: that is the whole purpose of advent, telling us to get ready for the coming.
And if we pay attention we can feel it in our bones!