This Sunday begins Advent of 2012. Advent has become my favorite time of the church year. Here is an aid for Advent from Richard Rohr. Rohr’s daily email meditations can be accessed at http://www.cacradicalgrace.org/.
“When we demand satisfaction of one another, when we demand any completion to history on our terms, when we demand that our anxiety or any dissatisfaction be taken away, saying, as it were, “Why weren’t you this for me? Why didn’t life do that for me?” we are refusing to say, “Come, Lord Jesus.” We are refusing to hold out for the full picture that is always given in time by God. When we set out to seek our private happiness, we often create an idol that is sure to topple. Any attempts to protect any full and private happiness in the midst of so much public suffering have to be based on illusion about the nature of the world in which we live. We can only do that if we block ourselves from a certain degree of reality and refuse solidarity with “the other side” of everything, even the other side of ourselves.”
Advent is the time of preparation for the Incarnation. It is a time of rich and wonderful music, and some of these emails will focus on some of the music. Advent, along with Lent, is a good opportunity to make special devotional efforts. We will be using “Jesus, Beloved Son” by Henri J.M. Nouwen. What do you do for Advent?
May this season deepen your faith, as you prepare for the gift of Christ.