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Each year during the Sundays leading up to Advent and the beginning of Advent itself, we explore the First Coming of the Christ Child through the lens of his Second Coming. At its most basic, the Second Coming affirms the Christ Nature in us, how each one of us can be the bearer of Good News, the Healer of hurts, the host at the banquet of life. Every Sunday, we practice being Christ for One Another, and we ponder the wisdom of many traditions in our search for Enlightenment. The Second Coming is always in our midst.
But there's a more dramatic rendition as well: the return of Christ in glory as part of the Apocalypse. Although confused with the End Times, Apocalypse only means "unveiling." It is a knowing time, when the veil of ignorance falls from our eyes and we see ourselves and the world as we really are. The unveiling is both a moment of insight and a time of repentance. Stripped of the pious fictions that helped us avoid what we do not like, Apocalypse shows us a deeper and truer path of love, a time of greater risk, perhaps, but also a time of greater faith.
Political conditions in this country during the past year have been apocalyptic: racism, xenophobia, misogyny, greed, divisiveness: all these are tearing at the fabric of daily life and civility, making us anxious and accident prone. But, as Advent reminds us, darkness and demagoguery never have the last word and remind us that the most powerful act of protest is also an act of love.
We hope that you will bring your light to us and help us spread the love of God.
“We must be ready to learn from one another, not claiming that we alone possess all truth and that somehow we have a corner on God.” - Desmond Tutu.
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