The time has come. The day is here. Now is the hour. All these phrases are peppered throughout the Scriptures, and they evoke an event, a moment of special significance, what the Greek Bible calls a “kairos” moment.
These are the times when the anticipation of it is still deliciously fresh, the fullness of enjoyment is just beginning to be realised, and the only thing that exists is the present moment.
Our capacity to live in the present is increasingly thwarted by our busy schedules and fraught lifestyles. We find ourselves chasing an ephemeral future or filled with regrets for the past. When we are young there is so much to do and never enough time. When we are old, time races on without us.
Advent is the season to reclaim the present moment, the precious hour of grace. It hasn’t gone. It is there, hidden just below the surface of our lives, awaiting precisely this season to remind us of its face. And as the days darken and the winter chill dampens the human spirit, Advent breaks through into yearning hope. But the real Advent is not hidebound by a date in the calendar: all the Church’s seasons are there in each day. Live as though Christ were being born in you now, as being crucified in you now, as rising in you now. And this “you” is not some individual private experience – you and I are living in and for the crucified in our world today, in and for the vulnerable new-born, being called to rise to the challenge of transforming our world where we are.
Come, let us go up the mountain of the Lord. The time has come. The day is here. Now is the hour.
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