Reflecting on Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7, Mark 13:33-37
Do you have a memory of the experience of feeling the presence of God in a moment so electric that it was as if God had “opened the heavens and come down, with the mountains quaking before him”? Perhaps it was the birth of your child, or the recovery of a lost love, or a phone call from the exact person you were just thinking about.
We wait for Christ to come again in time, but we long for him to touch us in our own time, our own lives. Think about those blessed moments of spine-tingling awareness that God is HERE, right now, opening doors that seemed closed, showing a way to reconciliation with those who were estranged, gently leading us through new insights and ancient, rock-solid creeds.
Imagine the servants, struggling to stay awake so they can greet the Master with a nice meal and warm hospitality when he returns. I think Advent invites us to stay awake every day, to watch every day for the gentle presence of our Master who is already here.
What is your Advent practice of watching for Christ?
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I have come to light a fire on the earth; how I wish it were already burning (Lk.12:49).