A time to look to history
and the big scheme of things.
How the prophets foretold
of Christ’s birth.
They did what God asked them to do: Play a role in ushering in the Kingdom.
Some lost their lives
in foretelling of the Good News.
Scripture is strong as cement.
is carried through the ages.
The mold is cast. The tablets hardened. A shoot will come up
from the Stump of Jesse, From his roots a Branch will bear fruit, The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him
The Spirit of Wisdom and of understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and of power, The Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord
And he will delight in the fear of the Lord, Isaiah 11:1-3.
In Advent, we can see the beginnings of hope early on.
—In the Hebrew Scriptures. The detailed plot, and theme and transforming theology
From parochial to modern. Waiting…until all the scaffolding
has been put into place.
And then God breathed a sigh of relief.
And Jesus came to earth in humility
Into the smell of hay and barn animals
into the spectacular.
Angels sing at his birth. Can we gather around and look up?
Hear the song, see the stars and wonder what would have it been like that night
To share the happiness of a young couple
their first child
The joy A precious treasure
—to be shared with the world.
Advent is a time in the Liturgical calendar when we make haste to Bethlehem
and kneel before the Crèche.
And think of angels and shepherds
and of Magi, and gifts and Herod
and the midnight escapes to Egypt.
Jesus’ early years were spent in the arms of his mother and later, as he could walk, with special oversight of his parents.
They were in a foreign land, bilingual refugees waiting for the call on their lives.
Behind the scenes, the audience of history looked on-waiting for the prophetic pull
“Out of Egypt, I will call my Son.”
Mary and Joseph and Jesus journeyed again. They returned home. Humble people. Ordinary people.
We return home for the holidays.
Gathering around the table at Thanksgiving
and Christmas to share a festive meal
and become reacquainted with those
who we may have not seen
in a long time. What will we say to them?
What hope have we to offer or share?
Advent is a time of traveling to meet Jesus. A time to look for the Babe in the manger,
the Savior….the Promised One.
Promises written long ago