The Darkness of Advent

Sacramental Grace

“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves.  People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.  Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory.  Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:25-28 NRSV). 

And so today we begin to celebrate Advent, though, remarkably, the texts assigned for Advent often don’t sound very celebratory. Jesus always seems to get infatuated with the end times, and we don’t like that sort of thing anymore. It lends itself easily to cheesy rapture-ready movies and novels. But I am convinced there is…

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