Since the 7Th century, the advent period has opened the annual liturgical cycle. The four Sundays preceding Christmas (November 30th, December 7th, 14th and 21st, 2008) orient our gaze towards the advent of the Lord Jesus.
«Adventus: Advent: advent
A triple look»
A glance at the long preparation of the coming of Jesus
From the earliest beginnings of the Covenant of God with humanity, through the epics of creation, of Noah, of Abraham, of Moses, of David, of John the Baptist to Mary, the mother of Jesus.
A long patience of God towards his people chosen to witness in the midst of the Nations. A long wait made of joys and tears.
Finally, it came at a time of our time: we remember this long preparation before celebrating the birth of Jesus at Christmas.
"Arise, Jerusalem, stand on the heights and contemplate the joy that comes from thy God" (BA 5, 5)
A glance at the coming of Christ to our world today
Christ is at our door, he strikes. He calls all men to come out of the mists of false desires, disappointed hopes and to recognize him in the signs that he gives us if we are attentive: calls for conversion, generosity, forgiveness. Advent is this time of turning hearts.
"Prepare the way of the Lord;
Smooth the road,
Every man will see the salvation of God "(2nd Sunday)
A glance at the final coming of the Lord Jesus in glory, at the end of the world
It is the expectation of a renewed world in justice and love: "a new heaven, a new land", the emergence of what is now in the germ, by the power of the resurrection of Christ that solicits and accompanies the effort of men. Advent is this expectation of what must come again, not a passive, inert expectation, but an active hope. For it depends on each one that Christ by his spirit comes to transform our world.
Christ came, Christ comes, Christ will come.
His coming and waiting punctuate the history and destiny of the world.
It is the time of advent, the time of hope, the time of the watchers of the new dawn.
Father Paul GUIBERTEAU
Canon and Chaplain of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral