Advent invites us to remember and celebrate Christ coming as an infant so long ago, but it also inspires and excites us as we look forward with confident expectation to the return of our long-awaited King. Today’s reading fixes our sights firmly on the promise that Jesus is coming again, and shows us that his return gives us hope and strength to follow him faithfully as we wait.
- Philippians 2:5-11
- Watch for the Light, 67-75
- Which Christmas hymn that you hear and sing each year means the most to you? What does that song teach you about the meaning or importance of Christ coming to earth 2000 years ago?
- Have you ever felt baffled or lost when trying to think about what it means that Jesus came to be with us and is still with us today (Matt. 28:20)? Read over Rahner’s pleading questions on pages 69-70 again. Which of his questions resonate with you?
- How important does the second coming of Christ feel to you today? How would your life be different if you were not assured by Scripture that Jesus is returning to save those of us who are waiting for him once and for all?
In today’s prayer, give thanks to God for sending Jesus to take away our sin and show us the way to the Father, then pray earnestly the last prayer of the Bible, “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev. 22:20). You may also want to echo Rahner’s closing prayer:
“O God who is to come, grant me the grace to live now, in the hour of your Advent, in such a way that I may merit to live in you forever, in the blissful hour of your eternity.”