We pull out our scarfs, heavier coats, gloves, sip a little more coffee as the center of winter approaches. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s a bit more darkness in the atmosphere. Much of nature has died as the leaves have all fallen to the ground, snow settles, and we make way to a new year.
Perhaps this is fitting as we enter into the Holy Season of Advent. Advent is definitely my favorite liturgical season. On this first Sunday, we hear (Isaiah 2:1-5) of the highest mountain on which the Lord’s house is established. Many people from different tribes will go to this house to receive instruction and justice from the Lord. Going to someone’s house gives us a sense of welcome, of belonging to another, of entering into the culture of another person. The Lord draws us to himself to be like him and to love as he has loved in the manner in which he loved.
Saint Paul addresses us to put on the armor of light for it is time to put away our sins and to put on the Lord Jesus Christ. The season gives us the cue to die to self in order that we may put on a new way life. As more darkness rules our day, we away for the light to burst through the darkness. That light is Love himself. Why light? Light reveals all things, nothing is hidden from it. Come Lord Jesus.