First Sunday of Advent

November 28, 2010


Advent is a season full of imagery, visions and dreams.  Ideas become incarnate in this season.  The words of the prophets are almost like paintings – the holy mountain, swords beaten into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks.

We have the figure of John the Baptist who baptized with water.  Even in this space, the candles we light are clear signs about how much time we have left before the season of expectation gives birth to joy.

This is a season of patient endurance, waiting, hoping, repenting and preparation.  And so I wonder how you are preparing this year?

In Isaiah, we hear, ‘All Nations shall come, and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and the spears into pruning hooks; one nation shall not raise the sword against another, not shall they train for war again.’

The way of the Lord is the way of community.  When we recognize our connectedness, we begin to learn the way of the Lord.  So I ask you:  what does it mean to be a community?  How are we preparing in our communities?

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the First Sunday of Advent: (Isaiah 2.1-5; Romans 13.11-14; Matthew 24.37-44)


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