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Messianic Symbols for the Advent Season

November 28, 2009

Advent is the great season of expectation of the church year when we recall the anticipation of the coming Savior. To no one is Jesus more significant than the down and out. Indeed Jesus Himself said (Luke 19:10) that He “came to seek and save what was lost.” No one feels more lost than the rejects of society.

In this Advent Season will we allow Christ to come to us through the displaced, despised and abused (see Matthew 25:31-46)? In the midst of the extra stress and busyness of this season do we hear their voices? Do not allow our personal economic meltdown and our preparations for Christmas to close our ears to the cries of the hurting people among us.

In order to live in true anticipation of the coming of Christ our Savior we must commit ourselves to live according to His language of love. Can we open our eyes to see and respond to the face of Christ in every stranger? People all around us have been cast aside because of race, class, education, disabilities, illness, gender, sexual orientation or other disfigurements that exclude them from our lives. Each disfigurement reflects a nuance of Christ’s face. Let’s allow the light of Christ shine through them this Advent Season. As Mary, pregnant with Jesus, sang (Luke 2:52-53): “He . . . has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.” We don’t want to be among the rich He sends away empty.

During this Advent Season we will provide reflections on Old Testament notices of the coming Messiah. Each day from December 1 through December 25 we will consider one prophecy regarding the anticipated Christ. Like prophets of the Old Testament, we will turn our attention to Him, as we actively serve Him in those among us.

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