I love every opportunity we have to expect the Lord.
This season, we can especially remember hope, and the coming of the Lord in our midst once again.
I am especially prompted to remember that in some special way, every person, every interaction that happens among us has the opportunity to be a small advent, a small manifestation of the Spirit of the Lord, and thus of His Kingdom and the Person of Christ.
I wanna keep this post short, so I will close quoting Pope Benedict XVI in Spe Salvi:
Man’s great, true hope which holds firm in spite of all disappointments can only be God, God who has loved us and who continues to love us “to the end,” until all “is accomplished”.
God has loved us, it is what we see in His ultimate unity to us in Christ. He “has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows” (Isaiah 53) and will continue to do so. Every life, everyone, is an opportunity to manifest the kingdom to, and to develop and grow and nurture the manifestation of the Kingdom in us.
Our true hope is this small child who shall come again in glory, who was crucified under Pontius Pilate and who rose again in glory. Our true hope is not the idea of God, but the person of Christ who has invited us into God, and will hold fast to us, even though we walk away. He has anchored his entire identity to our own, and staked the very essence of God on His current and future redemption of the Creation. His Spirit once hovered over the waters and continues to brood over us, working in all things, that He might become the everything in everything