Note: Advent, from the Latin, adventus, “coming”, is the Christian season of preparation for Jesus’ birth, the heart of the Christmas celebration, and, according to scripture and the Christian creeds, in his second appearance on some future, unknown day and also according to scripture and Christian tradition, in his daily coming through the Holy Spirit. Hence, the theme of waiting for Jesus is Advent’s clarion call.
O Lord Jesus, I wait this day for the wonder of Your Welcome.(1) “Come to Me,” every day and every moment of the day You call, “all who are weary and carrying heavy burdens.” Well and true You know, O Lord Jesus, for so You encountered in your mission and ministry, that life is wearying for all who are defenseless and trampled underfoot by the worldly-permissible oppressions of earthly powers and principalities. Daily and every moment of the day, You offer the respite of the yoke of Your teaching, Your gentility and humility of heart, Your very lightness of Being; all of which is the restful Law of Your unconditional Love; especially for the least, the last, and the lost. O Lord Jesus, by Your Spirit, make me an instrument of Your welcoming Love. Amen.
(1) Here, I reflect on Matthew 11.28-29.