Advent is a strange mixture of the already and the not yet. There is a remembrance of the first coming of Christ at Christmas, the already. There is also an anticipation of the day when we will be fully present with Christ, the future coming of Christ into our midst, the not yet. But Advent also invites us to the surprising discovery of Christ among us now, a revelation that sometimes takes intense focus.
—Max O. Vincent, Good News of Great Joy: Advent Reflections on the Songs of Luke (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me?”
—Luke 1:39-43 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
O come to us, abide with us,
Our Lord, Emmanuel. Amen.
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