By Niobe Rodriguez
The Advent Season is the start of the Church’s new year which is the opposite to what is happening in the world. In December, we look forward to winding down, cleaning up, decorating, celebrating year end; it is not typically a time for making resolutions and changes. This year, things might be different. The pandemic has hit us so hard; many people are flat on their backs and for the first time in a while being forced to look up.
A popular response this time of year is: “God of hosts bring us back; let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.” While we may beg God to bring us back to Him, how He does it may be less than desirable. On the journey to Him, how are we behaving? Are we giving Him our back instead of our face? In the bringing, what is He taking us through? What are we supposed to learn during this and any other experience—personal or shared? At the end of everything the goal is our salvation.
The song this week is a medley of ‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel/O Come All Ye Faithful/You Are Awesome’ sung by Golda Lee Bruce and Wendell Bompart.
The refrain commands: “Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.” Therefore, while we wait, we rejoice knowing that He will come. Our light will come. During these dark and trying times He will come to us every day. He will shine on us. Let us take this time in our Church’s year to realise we have been in the dark, at times we have chosen the dark and enjoyed the dark. Let us, in this new year, allow the face of God to bring a new and familiar light into our lives.