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The Temporary Return of the Gueranger Blog

Canisius | 20 December, 2006 19:55

SURPRISE! The Gueranger Blog is back, in a small way. Now that Advent season is here I actually have had time to return to my favorite devotional.

My sister recently asked me to write something around 250 words long on the meaning Advent. She needed it for a newsletter that she passes out at nursing homes. I knew just what to do: I turned to Gueranger's section on "The Mystery of Advent" and condensed his explanation of the season. Here is what I came up with:

The word "Advent" means "coming." During the Advent season we celebrate the coming of Jesus. Scripture teaches that there are three comings of Jesus. The first was at Bethlehem. Mary gave birth to Jesus in a stable and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. This coming of Jesus was humble and hidden. During Advent we remember how God prepared his people for the first coming of Jesus.
    The second coming of Jesus takes place in our hearts. At the Last Supper, Jesus promised his disciples, "I will not leave you desolate; I will come to you." This coming of Jesus is mysterious and full of love. During Advent we prepare for Jesus to be born again in our hearts at Christmas.
    The third coming of Jesus will take place at the end of time. Jesus told his disciples that he will come on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory to judge the earth. He will give rewards to the good and punishment to the wicked. This coming of Jesus will be majestic and full of awe. During Advent we get ready for Jesus to come as the mighty judge.
    If we remember his humble coming in Bethlehem we will be ready for his mysterious coming in our hearts this year at Christmas. And if Jesus comes into our hearts now, then we will greet him as his friends when he comes in glory.


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