Advent is here – for many people a time of shopping, parties and frantically rushing about trying to make sure everything is ready in time for Christmas. For the Church, Advent is a season of watching and waiting. Sunday by Sunday we read the ancient words of the prophets, summoning their people back to God and encouraging them to hold onto God’s promises and wait patiently for them to be fulfilled. Our New Testament readings remind us that Jesus did not come just once, but will return again in glory, a promise yet to be fulfilled. We light candles on the Advent wreath to remind ourselves of the growing light of Christ’s presence.
For what is at the heart of the Christian message is that God is with us, not just for Christmas, not just for the thirty or so years that Jesus walked the earth, but