Advent offers us four weeks to prepare spiritually for the birth of Jesus. This historic event significantly changed mankind’s destiny, leading to the passion, death and resurrection of Christ and the promise held therein for us. This vulnerable love of God in becoming man ultimately destroyed death’s finality. In his incarnation, Jesus brought new life and hope to needy humanity.
There is another incarnation which is of supreme importance, if Christ’s mission is to be carried on. The birth of Christ within each of us, his indwelling presence influencing our thoughts and actions, is the continuing event in the lives of his followers which brings the risen Jesus alive and at work in the market place. Advent is a time to review how we are reflecting this hidden presence of Christ to our neighbours. How do they see Christ incarnate in us ? Are we ourselves ready for his return?
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