Luke 21:25-28, 32-38
Be alert at all times, Jesus said, praying that you will have the strength to escape all these things that will take place and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” …praying… Praying is the answer; the thing we need to help us survive.
And that, believe it or not, is the attitude of Advent. Advent is being alert to what is going on around us. Advent is observing what the signs around us are trying to tell us, and of readying ourselves for the fulfillment of God’s gift to the world, with prayer.
Advent is prayerful anticipation.
Jesus doesn’t tell us about the signs of the end and the coming judgment to frighten us, not to scare us but rather to reassure us—to help us recognize that God keeps his promises, and that the time of his coming, will eventually come! Jesus tells us about the signs of the end so that we might ready ourselves for it, by prayer; so that we might approach the world around us, with prayer.
This Christmas let us look down the road in “prayerful anticipation” that the God of our salvation is about to arrive, and that the gift of Christ, the newborn King, is about to enter, once again, into each of our lives.