Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Waiting in Advent 2015
with Dietrich Bonhoeffer (4)

“Waiting until he inclines himself toward us” … dusk at Stowe Pool in Lichfield (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Patrick Comerford

Advent began on Sunday [29 November 2015], and over the next few weeks, amd I have prepared my own Advent Calendar for this year. 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).

He once said:

“Not everyone can wait: neither the sated nor the satisfied nor those without respect can wait. The only ones who can wait are people who carry restlessness around with them and people who look up with reverence to the greatest in the world. Thus Advent can be celebrated only by those whose souls give them no peace, who know they are poor and incomplete, and who sense something of the greatness that is supposed to come, before which they can only bow in humble timidity, waiting until he inclines himself toward us – the Holy One himself, God in the child in the manger. God is coming; the Lord Jesus is coming; Christmas is coming. Rejoice O Christendom.”

Readings (Church of Ireland lectionary): Psalms 28, 76; Amos 3: 12 -4: 5; II Peter 3: 1-10.

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