We all fade like a leaf …Yet, O Lඈඋൽ, you are our Father;
we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work
of your hand.
Isaiah 64: 6, 8.
Advent is about waiting for God to break into History. The Sea-
son is an opportunity to reflect on the significance of God in be-
coming human, living a brief life, and dying a despicable death
on a lonely hill. Christ’s life provides a model for how we should
respond to each other with love, acceptance and forgiveness.
Our frenetic lives are filled with joy and meaning, but we often
miss the meaning and the joy as we rush from one responsibility
to the next. Advent calls us to focus on the transforming Incarna-
tion, to reflect deeply on a moment in time that changed life for
all who come after the Christ. It is a focal point through which
we can examine the life we have lived and imagine the life God
calls us to live as we strive to become more like Christ.
We live in the age of Grace: Christ offers to meet us where we
are and to envision a world worthy of Christ. Our reflection
should lead to decisive and compassionate action in a world
needing the Light of Life.
God of History, we are grateful that you did not leave us “fade
(d) like leaves,” but you continue to mold us and lead us to the
abundant life in Christ. Walk with us through this Advent as we
remember Israel’s hope for a Messiah and as we embrace the
joy of salvation in Christ.
College of LifeLong Learning
First Sunday of Advent