“COMING TO.” Today we begin the Liturgical year 2023, with the season of Advent. Ad Venio is the Latin for “I come to...”. To What? Obviously, we begin with the time that immediately precedes Christmas.
Yes, Christmas is coming, but I think we are talking about much more. We begin coming to another tour through the saving events of Christ’s life.
This year, as you know, St. Matthew will be our tour guide. His gospel is written for the Jewish Christian community, so we will find more references to the Hebrew scriptures, aka Old Testament. We heard a mention of Noah today.
When I talk about a “coming,” I’m thinking about the whole package, another journey through times and events in the life of Jesus that we heard about in the past, and yet because God’s word is ever-new, we have the chance to hear the stories differently. The difference is the circumstances of our own lives that are always changing.