First Sunday of Advent

Today the readings reminded me that the waiting is about two advents, the one celebrated on the 25th of December and the one when Christ returns.  It strikes me that regardless of all the interpretation and theology of “the Second Coming”, no one thought God would become incarnate as an infant.  I would bet that we are just as far off regarding how it will happen the next time.  This is not to open a debate about the second coming, but rather a comment on how Christianity has a whole lot of waiting, from beginning to end!



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4 Responses to First Sunday of Advent

  1. Greg says:

    Indeed it does, and yet I hear the urgency in Jesus voice as He repeats, “The Kingdom is now!” How many times you have been right about not recognizing the very thing waited for. Many have suddenly appeared in my rear-view mirror! Thanks for the post.

  2. marramgrass says:

    A great deal of anticipation and waiting, yet the gentle (and sometimes not-so-gentle) reminder that time spent waiting is not necessarily time wasted. It’s an opporunity to make the most of.

    Waiting for the bus/train/plane: read a book or chat with your neighbour.

    Waiting for the second Advent: be here, in the world, now.

  3. virtualmethodist says:

    Note the Gospel According to Dr. Seuss says:
    a most useless place.
    The Waiting Place…
    …for people just waiting
    Waiting for a train to go
    Or a bus to come, or a plane to go
    Or the mail to come, or the rain to go
    Or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
    Or waiting around for a Yes or No
    Or waiting for their hair to grow.
    Everyone is just waiting.
    That’s not for you!
    Somehow you’ll escape
    All that waiting and staying.
    You’ll find the bright places
    Where the Boom Bands are playing.

    I’m not too sure its so useless, or that the Boom Bands would be quite so exciting without the waiting and anticipating…

    And we need to beware of filling every available moment with “useful” activity… And everyone who knows me falls around laughing…

  4. Jeff says:

    Oh boy, this blogging stuff is addictive.

    I love the phrase “both/and” instead of “either/or”. When used appropriately (as I intend here), and not as a flippant response, it allows the truth to shine through. I believe all three comments are very true.

    The Kingdom of God is both here now and will still come. We are called to wait, sometimes quietly and sometimes actively. Knowing which when? Ah, there’s the rub!

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