Advent is a time for repentance and preparation
Happy New Year! This is the first Sunday in Advent, which is regarded by Western Christianity as the beginning of the liturgical year. Sometimes Christians mistakenly think of Advent as being synonymous with the birth of Christ or with Christmas. But it really isn’t. In fact, Advent’s primary focus is on what we usually call the second coming of Christ. It’s for this reason that you will find the lectionary readings of the church focusing on this topic, this year Ps. 25; Lk. 21, for example. In this way our reflections and exposition of the book of Revelation is quite appropriate for this time of year.
I like what Laurence Stookey says about this.
What may seem to be an anomaly is a very important theological point: The beginning of the liturgical year … Read More »