As we reach Advent’s midpoint, John the Baptizer asks the question of Jesus that lies deep within our hearts, “Are you the One to come, or should we look for another?” and it is answered, “Go and tell what you see and hear.” What they see are the signs of the coming of the Kingdom. What those who yearn for the Kingdom experience is a release from bodily ills, the resurrection of the dead, and a posture of acceptance to the Lord Jesus.
Advent is a lifetime of promise where the hope of the Kingdom is embodied deep within the recesses of our heart. This Kingdom is eternal and universal, and as the Preface to the Feast of Christ the King reaffirmed, it is a “kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love and peace.” The new life brought about by the reign of God challenges us to stop and look, to feel and experience, and to hear and sing of the Kingdom where this new life blossoms all around us every day! Thus we pray:
God of glory and compassion, at your command the wilderness blossoms, broken lives are made whole, and fearful hearts grow strong in faith. Open our eyes to your presence and awaken our hearts to sing your praise. To all who long for your Son’s return grant perseverance and patience, that we may announce in word and deed the good news of your kingdom. We ask this through him whose coming is certain, whose day draws near: your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever!
As you run the race of this present life, may God make you firm in faith, joyful in hope and untiring in charity!