Friday, December 6, 2013

Advent Hope

Advent celebrates the incarnational, Word-becomes-flesh God. Advent announces that God was not willing to have just a distant, arms-length relationship with us -- God's beloved creatures formed in God's image.

Advent is all about God's willingness -- even insistence -- to be vulnerable, accessible, reachable, and attainable. Advent breaks down the barriers between the created and the Creator.

God does begin the process with a message. There's that silent, distant star in the sky; it's not clearly understood by everyone and is open to misinterpretation. Yet there it is, an open invitation to anyone who will receive it.

God does not stop there; God also sends messengers to deliver this urgent, Good News. God has the corner on the market when it comes to the best messengers. Gabriel and company announce the upcoming birth and sing their alleluias for the shepherds and anyone else who will listen.