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Advent—A Season of Paradox

Readings for the Second Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11, Psalm 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 2 Peter 3:8-14, Mark 1:1-8

Advent, the Coming of our God, a season of paradox. Knowledge tells us that Jesus is ALREADY with us, but faith hints that He is not yet fully present in our world for we are a pilgrim people .

Jewish scripture captures this “not yet” of the Savior’s coming in the words of the prophet, Isaiah .

“A voice cries: Clear a road in the wilderness for the Lord,

Prepare a highway across the desert for our God.
Let every mountain and hill be brought low.
Uneven ground be made smooth and steep places be made level”. (Is 40:3-5)

Christian scripture hears John the Baptist proclaiming this “not yet” of the Savior’s coming in the Gospel of Mark proclaiming …
“After me comes one mightier than I,
Whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and unfasten.” (Mk 1:3)

And we continue to echo this “not yet” in the longing prayer of Advent, "Come, Lord Jesus, Come.”

Christian cosmology invites us to consider the “already time” of Advent for faith tells us that God has always been with us. We begin this “already” journey with the creation of our universe in an explosion of light, heat and energy some thirteen billion years ago and which has continued through eons of time as evolution manifested myriad forms of life from micro organisms to human beings. God has always been with us enabling us to recognize how each phase of creation developed and maintained its existence. .

Reflecting on the above brings us to the now of Advent, 2014, where we unite with a world groaning to be filled with the fullness of God’s life by advocating peace over violence, sharing over selfish possession and forgiveness over vindictiveness.

To be part of the continuum from the “not yet” to the “already”, we must embrace paradox and a world view where past, present and future are interwoven. During this Advent let us sit in the lap of awe and welcome our God who is coming and is already with us in the great paradox of God’s love.

SrBSzorenski

Prepared by Barbara Srozenski, SC

Sister Barbara currently leads a group that is studying and contemplating creation spirituality. A former professor of religious studies at Iona College, Sister Barbara also offers retreats, spiritual direction, and faith enrichment presentations.

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