Happy New Year, Advent is Here

Advent Wreath, Germany, courtesy Mark Cardaronella

G.K. Chesterton wrote that the momentous medieval conversion of the old pagan tribes — from Celts to Jutes — meant not only the conversion of individuals and their families but of entire cultures. Calendars and festivals were changed, given new names and new purpose, the old was gone and the new had come, all because of the celebration of the Incarnation. In the spirit of the shepherds and wise men from the East, we embrace, confess with ardent reflection, profess with an explosion of joy and enjoy zealous mirth, all because of the expectation of the Holy One and the deliverance of His people from sin. Advent is a season to prepare. We shop, we bake, we go from one party to another, bustling about. We fast, pray, and reconcile, lighting our Advent candles, remembering our quiet traditions, allowing God to once again unlock the mystery of ‘Salvator mundi natus est.’

 

Through the prophet Isaiah, God tells us what we are to do, through the prophet Isaiah: ‘Cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.’ All for His Name’s sake. We ask, why does He rescue us? Why does He deliver our souls from the sword? It is simple: He delights in us. C.S. Lewis wrote: ‘The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.’ With this restoration we receive His steadfast love and the shield of salvation. As we sing of His name, ‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,’ may our hearts be full of gratitude as we join the the voices of the saints who have gone before, abounding in love and for all.

 

Rebecca Terhune, ’15

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