Andrew Britz, OSB, longtime editor of Prairie Messenger, has a strong Advent meditation which begins like this:
Advent is a time of longing, longing for the kingdom made present in Jesus Christ.
It is not a time to pretend that Jesus has not yet come. We do not long for someone whom we do not know. It is precisely because we have already come to know and cherish Jesus as our Lord and Savior that we can truly long for his presence.
God with wisdom divine made us a mystery unto ourselves. Every time we come to a new level of self-awareness we also awaken to the fact that there is much more about ourselves that we do not know.
And so, even our self-acceptance becomes an act of faith in the God who created us. So it is not just Jesus whom we now know only in faith and hope. Advent tells us not to be afraid to hope for the kingdom, a kingdom of justice and peace, a kingdom of self-fulfillment, a kingdom in which the church itself is known not so much for its propensity to point out sin but, rather, for its marvelous ability to reveal to us that goodness made obvious in Jesus Christ. …
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