The season of Advent resonates the mood of anticipation and preparation. The season of Advent can be separated into two part. First is Christmas, during which the first coming of Christ is recalled in joyful festivities. Second is the ultimate event of Christ’s second coming in power and glory. While we prepare for the coming of the Baby Jesus, our attention is drawn equally to when we all meet Christ when our earthly pilgrimage comes to an end.
Advent reminds us that we have a God who fulfills promise. The prophet Jeremiah is fulfilled when he says, a Messiah shall spring forth from the stock of David. He shall be our Prince of peace and his reign over our world shall be characterized by wisdom, love, justice and integrity. This is Jesus!
This Jesus will come again. When we speak of His second coming, it is not aimed to bring panic, rather it is an invitation for watchfulness and vigilance. His coming in power and glory shall be to secure our liberation and exaltation. Thus, we must stand erect, heads high, in confident anticipation and prayerful alertness as we await our Master’s glorious return.
At this moment we live between the two comings of Christ. For this reason we must make it our obligation to make the presence of Christ felt in our world. We must make the world a better place through our little words and deeds of kindness and service.
Our watchful anticipation and preparation of Christ’s coming is done by the love we show for one another. This Advent, let us be witnesses to peace amidst conflicts; hope amidst despair; loving concern amidst indifference and life amidst the culture of death.