The word "advent" means coming. And the Church calendar begins with the season of Advent because as Christians we are waiting for something (really Someone) in particular to come. We are not unique in this. Every person and every community of people have an ultimate object for which they wait. Something (or someone) is coming for everyone. The question is "What is it?" What is your ultimate object of waiting? That is a question of the utmost importance, because what you wait for rules your life.
For the four Sundays of Advent we are going to turn our attention in worship to the Old Testament, New Testament, and Gospel readings provided in the Revised Common Lectionary. Each week the readings raise a question and then present a biblical image in answer to the question raised. These images guide us through our waiting... (Continue Reading)