First we celebrate Christ-become-human. God becoming a mere man! We can barely conceive of the possibility. And yet, we know that it is true because Jesus himself declared it so. Our response? We are humbled by His great display of humility.
We view His life as it unfolds for us in the Gospels. He “walks in our shoes.” He knows our temptations, suffered our hurts, felt our rejections, and carried our burdens. Jesus grieved over loved ones lost, knew the strength it took to get up after being beat down, and endured pain well beyond ours. Jesus also laughed, cried, and enjoyed family and friends.
Jesus Christ came to show us what life can and should be. He established a Church based on the concept of a people held together by love. Alone we can do nothing; together we find meaning and life. Life as His body here on earth - Corpus Christi.
When Christ left this earth, he did not abandon us. He remains with us in His Spirit, in the Church, the sacraments, the Scriptures and each other. He lives in us and keeps His vision of the kingdom of God ever before us.
When Christ comes again, His presence will no longer be hidden in the signs and symbols of the liturgy or the words of the Scriptures. His presence among us will be revealed in all its fullness, a presence that will never end, a presence that will perfect and complete our existence as the Body of Christ.
This is Advent. In these few weeks we take in the sweeping panorama of time - from Christ's birth to his Second Coming. The season of Advent brings us the magnificent vision of life and hope for the future given to us by Christ.
We take our cue from John the Baptist as he calls out to us through time, “Prepare Ye the way of the Lord.” Advent is our time to become more involved - not immersed in Jingle Bells and Snowmen, but in life with our brothers and sisters who are on this journey of faith. Advent is a time to get caught up in the meaning and the possibilities of life as a disciple of Christ.
Thus we are preparing not only for Christmas but also for Christ's Second Coming. Then we can truly shout: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel!
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AUTHOR: DEACON BOB MCCLELLAN
Deacon Bob McClellan ministers at Corpus Christi Parish and to inmates at the Pottawattamie County Jail, while employed as Director of Operations at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Omaha. He and his wife, Peggy, are Council Bluffs natives, and enjoy family, kayaking, camping and the mountains when they get the chance.