The English word comes from the Latin “adventus” meaning coming, as in the coming of the Anglo-Saxons to England. Advent calendars are now fashionable. Is the opening of their little windows just something to increase children’s anticipation of exciting Christmas presents? Or could it be something more?
The Good-news is that God so loved the world and the people in it, that He sent his only beloved Son to share our life. He did so when there was little sign of any repentance for the pride, greed, injustice and cruelty of the time, before John the Baptist had persuaded some to change their ways.
Jesus was born and came as an adult to the public sinners of the Jewish world, the lost sheep of the House of Israel. He announced that God is always working in his world. His Kingdom is available here and now, if we will accept it. He gained Jewish followers and moved the hearts of a handful of others, a Samaritan, or a Phoenician women, a Roman centurion or two.
From this unique birth, this tiny mission in an obscure corner of the Roman empire, has come the most worldwide of all faiths; this is the faith that must preach God’s love, calling people everywhere to love him in return, and at the same time to love their neighbours as much as they cherish themselves. This is why it is worth preparing for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. Let us try to change the wickedness of the world by our love.