“All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him” (Lk 10:22).
God the Father knows God the Son and God the Son knows God the Father. They do not just know about each other, they know each other with a deep intimacy that is far beyond our human comprehension. Contemplating this reality can fill us with hope especially when we come to realize that Jesus is the Son of God who has come into our lives so that we can participate in the trinitarian communion of the Father and the Son and the love shared between them, the Holy Spirit!
Jesus has come as an agent of reconciliation, to restore our relationship with God, to undo the effects of the sin of separation that has so ruptured and wounded our relationship with God our Father. This is our hope this Advent, that we can come not just to a better understanding about God, but to intimately know and restore our relationship with God through our participation in the life of his Son.
Advent provides us this wonderful opportunity of a season to remember that Jesus, the Son of God came to be with us in time, and in history, as well as a time to prepare for his coming again. While at the same time, Advent is a time to prepare each day to open our heart and mind to Jesus who wants to rekindle our relationship with God the Father, who knit us together in our mother’s womb, who knows us better than we know ourselves!
May the Advent season not get away from us before it even starts because of the material, commercial, and busyness that threatens to take over. A good practice is to embrace the wonder of God’s creation, to enter into its natural rhythm, the wonder and vast expanse of it all.
This morning before dawn I saw the crescent moon rising near Venus in the eastern sky. Last night, JoAnn and I enjoyed a walk together at sunset. All of creation echoes the wonder and adoration of the gift that the season of Advent offers: the wonder of wonders is that Jesus comes to us each day to invite us to participate in a deeper walk with his Father, the creator of heaven and earth.
Photo of buffalo I took while driving in South Dakota in between Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations around 1990 – a moment of quiet wonder, God’s creation on full display as the buffalo appeared to be walking right out of the sun.