Monk In The World

To be a monk is to have time to practice for your transformation and healing. And after that to help with the transformation and healing of other people.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Advent Begins


This is the first Sunday in the season of Advent in the Christian church. It is a time of moving from darkness to light, a time of waiting, a time of anticipation of some redeeming event for our lives, for the world, for the cosmos. I have always enjoyed the anticipation of Christmas day more than the actual day. If you read the Gospel text for this day you might see why. The Gospel text for this day is about anticipating a "second coming" of Jesus...a bit different from Luke's earlier story, although if you read the story about the first time Jesus came into this world, you will notice a very violent time also...lots of killing of babies. Anyway, here is the text.


Luke 21:25-36

21:25 "There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves.
21:26 People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
21:27 Then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in a cloud' with power and great glory.
21:28 Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."
21:29 Then he told them a parable: "Look at the fig tree and all the trees;
21:30 as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near.
21:31 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near.
21:32 Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place.
21:33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
21:34 "Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly,
21:35 like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth.
21:36 Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man
 A nod to Vanderbilt Divinity School Library for this text


Well, I'm not going to exegete this passage or do any historical research on Jesus' words here but you get the picture. Not sure how I would preach this right off the top of my head but maybe for this moment  I would suggest that we all Stay Awake to the moment...that is where life is happening and it just might be our last moment...however our end will come...because nothing is permanent.

Anyway, I am still enjoying the anticipating, the preparing, the waiting...just this...right here...right now.

Deep Bows to the season,
Alan

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