Friday, December 9, 2011

Advent - December 9


Psalm 31, 35

Haggai 1:1-15

Revelation 2:18-29

Matthew 23:27-39

Through Advent, we prepare for the coming Christ and start anew the Christian year. Psalm 31:5 reminds us of the end of Christ’s earthly ministry. Jesus’s last words on the cross (in Luke) come from this verse. The beginning and the end. The alpha and the omega. Brought together in this season.

The Christian year does not conveniently begin with Christ’s birth and end with his death (well, for some). Those events come in relatively short succession, leaving us seven or so months to ponder the meaning of it all.

Nevertheless as we prepare for the season generally characterized by joy and anticipation, we can lift our eyes to peer into the horizon and see at what cost the gifts of the Christmas season come. Let us consider in our anticipation of the season the fullness of our faith and remain humble in our exuberance.