Saturday, December 18, 2004

DIETRICH BONHOEFFER: LIVE LIFE AS ADVENT

HOW CHRIST COMES TO US. “We are faced with the shocking reality: Jesus stands at the door and knocks, in complete reality. He asks you for help in the form of a beggar, in the form of a ruined human being in torn clothing. He confronts you in every person that you meet. Christ walks on the earth as your neighbor as long as there are people. He walks on the earth as the one through whom God calls you, speaks to you and makes his demands. That is the greatest seriousness and the greatest blessedness of the Advent message. Christ stands at the door. He lives in the form of the person in our midst. Will you keep the door locked or open it to him?”

BETWEEN ADVENTS. “Christ is still knocking. It is not yet Christmas. But it is also not the great final Advent, the final coming of Christ. Through all the Advents of our life that we celebrate goes the longing for the final Advent, where it says: ‘Behold, I make all things new’ (Revelation 21:5).”

OUR WHOLE LIFE IS ADVENT. “Advent is a time of waiting. Our whole life, however, is Advent -- that is, a time of waiting for the ultimate, for the time when there will be a new heaven and a new earth, when all people are brothers and sisters and one rejoices in the words of the angels: ‘On earth peace to those on whom God’s favor rests.’ Learn to wait, because he has promised to come. ‘I stand at the door…’ We however call to him: ‘Yes, come soon, Lord Jesus!’” (This excerpt of an Advent reflection by Dietrich Bonhoeffer is from Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas, Plough Publishing House, 2001, available at http://www.bruderhof.org/)

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