Second Sunday in Advent
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross! Philippians 2:6-8 NIV
What was the last thing you anticipated?
The birth of a child or grandchild?
Going to church?
Going back home during the holidays?
Nowadays anticipation is not a feeling we normally experience in our day-to-day living. Perhaps you anticipate going to church every Sunday. Too often, though, many think of church not as something new and exciting but mundane and obligatory. We no longer anticipate the weekends because we have to accomplish all the things we put off during the week.
Christmas can become boring or obligatory too. Buying gifts and celebrations, may all seem the thing to do, a necessity of living in a nation that celebrates the holidays.
Yet we cannot forget that the incarnation of our God in human form is a highly anticipatory event in history. We must not take it for granted despite its annual commemoration and all the perfunctory circumstances that seem to come with it.
Let’s refresh our minds and understand anew the grandness of the event. The awesomeness of our God being born into our world to live among us and love in a way that is almost incomprehensible. When we give ourselves over to this awesome love, it invades our very being with a light so bright and warm it can chill the coldest heart or soul.
How awesome is our God?!
Dear God, help us to feel again the anticipation of your coming to Creation. Let us bask in your light of love and goodness. You are our Savior! Amen.