Advent: the appearing
Today is the first day of the Advent season – the four weeks leading up to the celebration of Jesus’ birth. It’s an acknowledgement of Jesus’ incarnation – his coming – his appearing in human form. This is a wondrous mystery. The Advent season orients us to receive this mystery. It also beckons us to see Jesus’ appearing in the present world around us. At the same time it also points us towards his final appearing when he comes again.
Where will you perceive Jesus today? Ask God to open your eyes to his presence in your life and in the lives of those around you. As you pause throughout your day, reflect, and look for his hand at work, his face reflected, his heart expressed.