Friday, December 24, 2021

Advent readings 2021 : Day 28


In which the exiles come home


Genesis 1:1, 2

When God began to create heaven and earth, and the earth then was welter and waste and darkness over the deep and God’s breath hovering over the waters, God said, “Let there be light.”


Lamentations 3:22-24

The LORD’s kindness has not ended, for His mercies are not exhausted. They are renewed every morning. Great is Your faithfulness. “My portion is the LORD,” I said. therefore I yet hope for Him.


Twenty-eight days is the longest possible duration of Advent, the start of which falls between 27 November and 3 December. In 2021, there are twenty-seven days of Advent, but no twenty-eighth. This, then, is a bonus reflection.

In sitting with the text of Genesis 1-11 as a theological resource for the return from exile and restoration of Jerusalem, I have sought to hold Advent not so much as a preparation for the celebration of the first coming of Jesus, but, rather, as the anticipation of and preparation for his coming again, in power and great glory. Where is this Jesus in these texts, and in these meditations? Where Jesus always is, in the pages of the Old Testament: hidden, present by faith not sight.

As we find ourselves in days of painful constraint and great upheaval, may our Advent longing be sustained by God’s grace, until it be fulfilled in God’s mercy.


Biblical texts: Robert Alter, The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary


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