28 November 2018, The Tablet

The living spirit


[The] Advent we keep is not a poetic make-believe, or a nostalgic historical pageant, or even an exercise in remembering our roots, although this might have value. The coming of God in Christ still continues, and will be consummated in a coming and a gift beyond the stretch of our hope. We are an Advent people. The season of Advent celebrates in symbolic form a reality of our own lives and of all men’s destiny with God, because he who came in weakness in Bethlehem is he who will come again.

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