04 December 2015
Waiting in Advent 2015
with Dietrich Bonhoeffer (6)
Advent began last Sunday [29 November 2015], and for the next few weeks, I have prepared my own Advent Calendar. As we wait and prepare for Christmas, I invite you to join me each morning for a few, brief moments in reflecting on the meaning of Advent through the words of the great German theologian and martyr, Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945).
In his sermon in Barcelona on the First Sunday of Advent, 2 December 1928, Bonhoeffer said:
“Jesus stands at the door knocking (Revelation 3: 20). In total reality, he comes in the form of the beggar, of the dissolute human child in ragged clothes, asking for help. He confronts you in every person that you meet. As long as there are people, Christ will walk the earth as your neighbour, as the one through whom God calls you, speaks to you, makes demands on you. That is the great seriousness and great blessedness of the Advent message. Christ is standing at the door; he lives in the form of a human being among us.”
Readings (Church of Ireland lectionary): Psalm 40; Amos 5: 1-17; Jude 1-16.
The Advent Collect:
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.