First Sunday of Advent
Of all the seasons of the Church year I think I like Advent the best. Easter of course is the summit of the liturgical calendar, and Advent is the trailhead.
As the trailhead, the season of Advent invites us into the history of salvation. Beginning with the prophet Jeremiah (6th century BC) on the 1st Sunday of Advent on December 2nd and ending at morning mass on December 24th with the gospel Luke, Advent is a total of 22 days. The two-fold nature of the season, a time of preparation as well as a time of hope in the future is filled with beautiful images.
There is the image of peace, the lion lying down with the lamb. There is the image of expectancy, the Virgin Mary awaits the birth of her son Jesus, and John the Baptist awaits the coming of the Messiah. There is the image of hope and comfort for a people who have been traumatized by war, occupation, and exile.
Did I say that I like Advent the best? I did and it is for all the reasons above, but most importantly, it is an opportunity to hear again the marvelous and miraculous story of God’s love for humanity and our call to renewal.
Fr. Larry Blake
Chaplain and Director, Campus Ministry