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. (Psalm 25; Luke 21, for example.)
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 takes our thinking to the very end of things (Christ’s Time for the Church, 121).
Advent is a time for repentance and preparation.
This is important because beginning at … Read More »