With this being the first Sunday of Advent it would be good to reflect some on the meaning of the season. The word “Advent” itself means “coming”, and simply put, Advent is the season in which we prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas.
Yet, we also can gather from the Scriptures that we will hear proclaimed to us during Advent, that we believe that there are “three comings” of Christ at Christmas. The first of course we all know very well, and that being His birth at Bethlehem. The second coming is that Our Lord also comes to us now everyday in prayer, grace, word and sacrament. For the word for the celebration of the Lord’ birth, “Christmas” - literally, “Christ’s Mass” – coming to us in word and sacrament proclaims this coming very well. And the third in which Our Lord comes to us is that we know and believe that He will come again at the end of time to judge the living and the dead.
So with all this, we can understand that there are three comings of Jesus. Christ did come in the past, Christ does come to us right now in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and Christ will indeed come in the future.
Our Lord then comes to us in history, mystery, and majesty. In history, as the Holy Infant of Bethlehem. In mystery, in word, sacrament, grace and mercy. And in majesty, at the end of the world to judge all who have ever lived on the face of the earth. This is the three- fold coming of this Blessed Season of Advent.
Liturgically, or the way we worship during Advent, the Church tries to consolidate all the centuries of waiting for the Messiah into four short weeks. Notice the words of “waiting”, “hoping”, “watching”, “longing”, “looking” and “preparing”, throughout this holy season of Advent. We can get a lot out of this season if we prepare well spiritually. Going to confession, praying more and helping others in need are some of the best ways. We all could make more room for the Lord in our lives if we want.
Come Lord Jesus! Wouldn’t you agree should be our motto this Advent. Jesus, come into our heart, mind and soul!! So we can be ready no matter when you come to us