A Little Rohr for Your Sunday

Posted December 2, 2012 @ 8:57am | by Tripp

This appeared in my e-mail in box this morning. I thought it worth sharing. I love this time in the liturgical calendar. The bitter-sweet sense of expectation calls to me. Richard Rohr offered this reflection via e-mail and I found it helpful...I hope that you enjoy these days in December...

Wait for the Lord, whose Day is near. Wait for the Lord. Be strong. Take heart.

Welcome to the sacred time of Advent yet again. The season invites us to an adult spirituality. Though we anticipate the coming of a babe, Advent is also about a trans-historic and Cosmic Christ. Advent holds the paradox of One coming--not yet fully here--and yet with us from the beginning of time as we know it.

Advent calls us to both follow the star the long way to God's manger and recognize that the journey is a short one, a simple turn toward neighbor, world, and self.

This is what Advent means: to be chosen and upheld by God, to be filled with God's delight and Spirit, to bring justice to the nations, to hold God's hand and be God's promise, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison, to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness (Isaiah 42:1-9).

All we can do is beg for the full coming--of Christ in us. In Madeleine L'Engle's words:

Come in your naked, newborn might.
Come, with bolts of lightning hurled.
Come in your flaming, burning power.
Come, Lord Jesus, quickly come;
Come speak in joy untamed and wild.

We are Christ coming--Christ coming now, this Advent, and again and again and again, beyond time's end.  

And with that, I bid you a blessed Advent.

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