In our readings, the prophet Isaiah proclaims the Lord’s coming and enumerates the many blessings that will ensue; Paul foretells Christ’s coming again and encourages us to rejoice and prepare for him through prayer and thanksgiving; in our gospel lesson from John, the words of John the Baptist tell us that the Lord is already among us, although we are unaware.
On the first Sunday in Advent, we lit the Prophets’ Candle and considered the hope of God’s reign that it represents for us, a hope to which we dedicate ourselves and for which we strive daily in this season of preparation. Last week, we lit the Bethlehem Candle representing Christ’s manger, the incredible reality of God’s incarnate life among us. The love this brings into our lives draws us toward God and impels us on our way toward our resting place in God—to Bethlehem, where He will appear again to us. (The sermons for 1 and 2 Advent are posted online here:
This Sunday the voice of that hope and the force of that love will find joyful expression in our worship and music. I hope that you can be present with us as we continue our preparation for Christ’s coming soon.
The Very Reverend Beverly F. Gibson, Ph.D.
Christ Church Cathedral