Can it be the Fourth Sunday of Advent? That hardly seems possible! So how are you doing with your preparation to receive Jesus Christ this Christmas? As we celebrate the birth of our Savior, the ultimate gift from God who loves beyond our comprehension, we remind ourselves as a people of God of the promise of Jesus to come again. The Second Coming of Christ – the Parousia – what does it mean for all of us?
Many years ago a good friend of mine, one that I worked with in Faith Formation, told me of a day when she and her four year old daughter were at home baking Christmas cookies as the snow was falling gently outside. She had been telling her daughter the story of Jesus being born in a manger and how the angels sang and the shepherds followed the bright star in the sky. She told her this is what we celebrate at Christmas, the birth of Jesus. A bit later as Mom busied herself in the kitchen her daughter stood by the window watching the snow fall, and then in her sweet child voice and her little finger pointing to the sky she announced, “Look Mommy, its Jesus, he’s coming in the clouds.” My friend shared how for a moment she stood frozen, taken a back, wasn’t even sure she wanted to look. She had not discussed the Second Coming of Jesus with her daughter, but what came to her mind was Scripture that she knew well: “and then you will see him coming down from the clouds.” Could this be the day? Could this be the promise fulfilled? And even more; Am I ready to meet Jesus in his Second Coming?! We do not know when that will be or how it will be, but as Christians we do believe that it is part of the future. What do I want to be doing when Jesus comes again? Baking cookies and teaching my children about Jesus Christ might be a very good thing. But will I be ready to greet Jesus when he comes or will I stand unable to move for fear that I have not prepared well? Let us think about this as we draw near to Christmas. Let us ask God to be with us as we attempt to prepare ourselves, our hearts, our very being to meet Jesus face to face. Then let us celebrate with joy the Gift of the Son of God!
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC