Brothers and Sister in Christ,
I greet you in the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, Amen!
I write mindful that Sunday, 25th November, traditionally known as Christ the King, will be the last Sunday of the Christian year (2017-18). Then we start all over again with Advent on 2nd December!
The readings in Advent have the theme of waiting. In the Old Testament, ‘waiting’ gives us time to find out about ourselves – and what we find may not always be attractive. I am ashamed sometimes of how impatient I have become. However, waiting also gives us space to pray and time to work out what really matters in our lives. Waiting helps us discover whether we really do trust God and whether we will step outside our busy, noisy lives and listen to God. Thinking about it, there is a lot of waiting in our faith. The Old Testament people waited for generations for the Promised One to come. We find the four weeks of Advent, are quite long enough and our anticipation and expectation as we get closer to Christmas can be very hard to bear indeed. In our waiting for a baby, we also join the disciples who also had to wait to see what lay ahead for their country and their church amidst a future outside of Europe. Whatever the future holds, we still wait for Jesus to come back and pray, “Maranatha, come Lord, come.” In the meantime, we pray, “Your will be done.” [Read more…] about December 2018