Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Waiting in Advent 2015 with
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (24)

‘…the powerful and great tremble at the cross of Jesus Christ’ … the rood beam in Saint Chad’s Church, Stafford, with a large crucifix and figures of the Virgin Mary and Saint John (1922) (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Patrick Comerford

We are in the last few days before Christmas this morning [22 December 2015]. During the season of Advent this year, I am working my way through my own Advent Calendar. Each morning, I am inviting you to join me for a few, brief moments in reflecting on the meaning of Advent through the words and meditations of the great German theologian and martyr, Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945).

In making the connection between the truth of the manger and the cross, between Christmas and Easter, Bonhoeffer once said:

“There are only two places where the powerful and great in this world lose their courage, tremble in the depths of their souls, and become truly afraid. These are the manger and the cross of Jesus Christ.”

Readings (Church of Ireland lectionary): Psalm 146, 147; II Samuel 7: 18-29; Galatians 3: 1-14.

The Collect of the Day:

God our redeemer,
who prepared the blessed Virgin Mary
to be the mother of your Son:
Grant that, as she looked for his coming as our saviour,
so we may be ready to greet him
when he comes again as our judge;
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

The Advent Collect:

Almighty God,
Give us grace to cast away the works of darkness
and to put on the armour of light
now in the time of this mortal life
in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;
that on the last day
when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge the living and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Yesterday’s reflection.

Continued tomorrow.

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