Reading: Romans 1: 1-7
Advent is a time of waiting. As we wait, who do we wait as? We wait as disciples, as brothers and sisters in Christ, as servants of the most high God. Yes, in our waiting, we wait longingly to celebrate the birth of the Christ child. But we do not wait idly. In the days ahead we must actively live out our faith, seeking to help others to be drawn bear to the coming Savior.
As believers we live and wait in two spaces. In these days of Advent we wait expectantly for the celebration of the birth. We celebrate because in the birth, God takes on flesh and walks among us. Emmanuel, God with us, lived among us and set for us the example which we are to follow. When we look at Jesus’ life here on earth, we see what it looks like to live God and to love neighbor. In Advent we actively seek to live out our faith, drawing others to Christ. As Paul wrote, “We receive grace and apostleship to call people from among the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith”. We live to make new disciples. In doing so we are good in the world, light and hope in dark places, help and care to the needy, and love to the hurting.
As believers we also live in another space because we also know the end of the story. Yes, Jesus came and lived among us to show us how to live. And, yes, because of this Jesus can better intercede for us before the Father. He has experienced life so He can relate to our struggles. But ultimately Jesus came to die so that could have new life, life without sin, life with God. We also live in this sacred space, in this eternal space. It is a space filled with hope and grace and mercy and love.
As we live out our witness to Christ’s love in the here and now may we also share the good news of the promise of life eternal, the ‘prize’ for which we journey.