Advent: Episode 2


Defining Terms

Advent to come to, ad to, venio to come

Christmas = Christ Mass > Cristesmaesse (1038AD)

Christ from Greek Χριστός Khristos from the Hebrew Mashiah, Messiah anointed

Mass Maesse> misa celebration of the Eucharist[1]

Christmas celebration of anointed Redeemer, Person of Christ

Advent origin is in the OT and ardent Messianic expectation. Advent’s telos is Christmas, the coming of the Messiah.

How does the Church propose to prepare for our liberation, and encounter a Jubilee experience? [See Episode 1]

4 Weeks of Advent. Each week highlights a theme to ponder, with wonderful feast days interspersed. To the extent we enter into Advent, is the extent we will celebrate Christmas

Ad emotion, takes accusative, emotion sense, strong desire for our love, I come to/ towards

Living, vibrant, go to the store or into the store

Entering into something

Week 1 Jesus’ second coming is emphasized. We know neither the day nor hour. St. Bernard Cistercian monk also pointed to a third coming, Jesus coming to our hearts.

Intimate coming, both/and. God came at one moment in time, gives us hope for next moments. Lord comes in public and particular setting

Love requires an individual not aggerate. Entering into Coming, where is Jesus coming, why is He coming?

Week 2

Hope & joy fill our hearts for the coming of Jesus is near

CCC #1821 We can therefore hope in the glory of heaven promised by God to those who love him and do his will. In every circumstance, each one of us should hope, with the grace of God, to persevere “to the end” and to obtain the joy of heaven, as God’s eternal reward for the good works accomplished with the grace of Christ. In hope, the Church prays for “all men to be saved.” She longs to be united with Christ, her Bridegroom, in the glory of heaven:

“Hope, O my soul, hope. You know neither the day nor the hour. Watch carefully, for everything passes quickly, even though your impatience makes doubtful what is certain, and turns a very short time into a long one. Dream that the more you struggle, the more you prove the love that you bear your God, and the more you will rejoice one day with your Beloved, in a happiness and rapture that can never end.” Teresa Avila

Prisoner, captive, blind, poor = 4 categories

Concentration, gulag, we can hear our liberators at the gate

Distant from ourselves, dearth authentic spirituality

Become Pelagian, crept into Modern World, I can do what I want or you get out of my way

Christ is the Answer to dialogue