Sunday, 4 December 2011
Maranatha - Come Lord Jesus!
The Gospel today is taken form the beginning of the Gospel according to Mark. Here, at the very beginning, Mark situates the historical events of the incarnation Word of God in the Old Testament tradition, making sure that there can be no doubt of who Jesus really is:
“I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way”
“a voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’”
This Sunday focusses on John the Baptist. John gives us the promise of 'the one to come'. And while that promise was historically towards the start of the ministry of Jesus here on earth, it is always a promise which is alive and active!
God has promised us that He will come, in the second coming, the time when the promise of Heaven will become a reality for all of us. But the fact that the promise will be fulfilled, and the hope this gives us during our lives does not take away from the fact that God is alive and active in our live now and then.
The fact that God promises to come does not mean He is not with us now! He has sent us the spirit to console us, to guide us, to be with us every monument of the day. God is active in our lives, always tries to help us, and is always seeking to deepen the relationship He has with us.
There might be a tendency nowadays to think that 'even if God exists' that God is not actively involved in creation. A philosophy which can be excused, I guess, as we can see the devastation and sufferings all around us, but an indication of a poor understanding of our possible closeness to God. We can indeed live a life where God is distant, a God who just kicked the ball into the air at the beginning of time, and who is not with us during our lifetime. Even if we are firm believers, this can give us the hope which makes life worth living. But God is offering us so much more! He is offering us a friendship, a personal friendship, inviting us to walk close to Him, to walk with Him during our lives. To make part of the fullness of Joy which we will enjoy in His presence in Heaven might already be fulfilled in our lives here on earth!
This is a reality, a reality to which millions of people testify! And so, an invitation during this time of Advent can be to reflect on this possibility, to review what our 'attitude' is towards God's friendship in our lives... Do we want this friendship, do we want to walk close to God, and are we prepared to spend the time in prayer to build up this friendship? Are we ready to quite our own voices to listen to the little voice in our heart, the Holy Spirit whispering encouragement to us?
It is only when we allow God to be near to us that we can really discover the fullness of life! This is a fact, a fact that can be seen in the lives of so many who have accepted God's gracious gift!
Maranatha - Come Lord Jesus!
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