ADVENT 2013 - WEEK 1 - December 1Book of Common Prayer Daily Office:
READ LUKE 21:5-19
Advent. The season of waiting. Waiting with anticipation. Anticipation of Jesus' coming into this world.
Each year we celebrate this season before Christmas and once again look forward to the birth of Jesus. You may say, "Wasn't he already born?" or "Hasn't he already come and gone?"
Well, yes…and no. Yes, Jesus has already come, walked this earth, taught us so many things, and left this earth. But, each year we anticipate his coming, again and again.
Each year we ask Him, "Jesus, come again into my life in a fresh and new way. Refresh me again and remind me what it means to be a follower of you and your teachings."
The verse that stands out to me from the gospel reading from Luke is verse 13, "But this will be your opportunity to tell them about me." In the middle of all the "stuff" that this passage says is presently happening and will happen in the future…we will have the opportunity to tell people about Jesus.
In the midst of the violence and the struggle and the hatred, we will have an opportunity to tell them about Jesus, who shows us a much different way. Instead of acting out of hatred, Jesus teaches us to act out in love…even to our enemies. Instead of asserting our own power and authority, Jesus teaches us to put others before ourselves. Instead of the violence that so easily can overtake our world, Jesus teaches us the way of peace.
Do you see what is happening here? Jesus teaches us that God's ways are not the way us humans have done things. And isn't God's way a much better way?
"Come, long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a hunger for peace: peace in the world, peace in my home, peace in myself. Amen"