Advent is a season of expectation and preparation, as the Church prepares to celebrate the coming of Christ into the world, which traditionally both looks back to the first coming of Christ and looks forward to the second coming or return of Christ.
As Christmas Eve approaches, the mood changes from longing and expectation to joy and recognition. The song of the Church changes from ‘Maranatha’ – ‘Our Lord, come’ (1 Corinthians 16:22) to ‘Christ is born today’ with alleluias and glorias ringing out through the church’s worship and liturgy.
As we wait with, and through, the familiar characters in the gospel stories, just as Christ was formed in Mary so let us reflect on Christ being formed in our lives, coming again to us, to be born again in us this Christmas time.
Maranatha! Our Lord, come!
Revd. Chris Hills