Words from Our Interim Rector
For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16-17
Advent...What a wondrous and mysterious season! As people of faith, we are called to enter into the wonderful mystery of waiting, expecting and anticipating the One who is Emmanuel— God With Us. We are invited to be present to and aware of the great gift of God's love to us and to all people. What more vulnerable way could God come to us than in the form of a little baby who was dependent and helpless and vulnerable?
Theologian Henri Nouwen has written: "The God who loves us is a God who becomes vulnerable, dependent in the manger and dependent on the cross, a God who is basically saying, "Are you there for me?" During his earthly ministry, Jesus would later ask Peter three different times, "Peter, do you love me?"
Prophets of old foretold the coming of the Messiah, urging people to make ready to receive him. Their message reaches out over time and space to us today.
The four Sundays of Advent serve as an invitation to become more aware of the depth of God's love for each of us. What a joyful opportunity awaits us during this season as Jesus, Our Lord, invites us to recognize him with new eyes and to open our hearts to receive him more fully.
Come, Lord Jesus!
Have a blessed Advent.