A Letter from Lindy — Dec 1
Advent. Coming. Jesus’ coming. We begin this season by looking ahead to the promise of Jesus’ “second” coming. Our guide, the gospel according to Mark, helps us recognize that Jesus comes into our lives in many and varied ways – “about that day and hour no one knows” – each “coming” corresponds to the first, in the manger and the cross.
Mark offers an apocalyptic view of not only Jesus, but our Christian life. Apocalyptic in the sense of pulling back our curtains of false hopes and projections, in order to reveal God’s commitment to enter into our lives and world just as they, we, are.
So perhaps our Advent invitation is, rather than directing our attention ahead, to the end of time or just to December 25 – to live a “present-tense Advent”—a season that focuses our gaze to this very moment, imperfect yet beloved, fragile yet essential, flawed yet beautiful, this very time and place in which God chooses to meet and love us. Here. Now.