The planets orbit the sun in an elipse, sometimes coming close, sometimes moving further away. Some say that time, too, is elliptical. And so it is: there are times when we draw near to Christ’s birth – two thousand years on, but not far from the event itself – and times when we move away from it. We call these times, this moving along the elliptical orbit, (Church) seasons. And there are times when Jesus’ return – which may be millennia away – draws near to us. Near enough to see, with the naked eye of faith.
At Jesus’ first coming, the heavens aligned in such a way as to create the impression of a star, brighter than any other. Orbits are an integral part of this Story. Our orbit is about to reach its closest pass, and then journey on. At this very point, his orbit will coincide with ours. Tonight, light will shine in the darkness. And we have a share in the necessary alignment.