Come O Come Emanuel……
Again we enter that wonderful time of Advent, that time where we again wait with anticipation for the coming of Jesus our saviour. This is very much more than a nice story about a baby in a manger in troubled Roman times. It is about the certainty in action, that the baby in the manger along with His mother Mary and His father Joseph, will be instrumental in drawing us into a love relationship with God. That through the life to come of this little baby, to be called Jesus, will give us all life.
Pope Francis says that “Today the verb to come is not only for God but also for us” and that “in God’s home, there is room for everyone”
In todays world, we are caught up with what we can have now, because we can have it now. We have lost the joy and the grace that waiting gives us, prolonging gratification – taking away that which we long for.
The prophet Isiah, paints for us a glorifying picture, that puts the “behold” into our Advent. This picture is the gloriousness of the banquet that awaits us on the holy mountain. So Advent becomes just as much about seeking Jesus as it is about Jesus’ desire to come to us.
This is why Advent is so dear to us, we must wait and watch for the coming of the baby Jesus, and in that waiting, the grace and blessing builds into rejoicing of the coming, the joy of the advent of our Lord as Saviour and king.