Friday, December 2, 2011

Advent: Waiting in anticipation

The spirituality of Advent is one the requires a surrender, a trustful one at that. We are humbly awaiting our Savior, the One who will free us from our sins. And that Savior, will come in the most unexpected way, born of a Virgin, in a stable in Bethlehem. A babe, a child, a king with no crown, no castle, no court, but the animals and the the heavenly angels, crowned with hay and prophesied to be the King of both heaven and earth.

The Jews waited -- a long and arduous Advent for them -- centuries and centuries as a people for the coming of the Messiah.  The prophet makes that point clear in Isaiah 7:10. The coming of the Savior reaches back even to the beginning of creation in the story of Genesis and spans the books of the Bible (mentioned for the last time in, the history and Tradition of the Church to culminate in the season we now celebrate as Advent. Yes, they were rapt in eager anticipation of the their king, but just like us, often strayed from that hope. But, Mary, Joseph, John the Baptist - the main Advent players, so to speak, proclaimed, humbled, sacrificed, served. So, we have to prepare, stay convicted and patiently wait, perfecting our hearts, conforming our wills to the will of God, making small sacrifices to prepare a place in our soul for Him to rest His head.

Fr. Robert Barron has a wonderful short clip in his series on the Spirituality of Advent. I encourage you to watch and reflect upon his message.

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