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Advent 2016

Winnie Odo

C:\Users\Winnie Odo\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\9R51NR2D\nacimiento-de-jesus[1].jpg“Politicians compete for the highest offices. Business tycoons scramble for a bigger and bigger piece of the pie. Armies march and scientists study and philosophers philosophise and preachers preach and labourers sweat. But in that silent baby, lying in that humble manger, there pulses more potential power and wisdom and grace and aliveness than all the rest of us can imagine.” ― Brian D. McLaren

Advent 2016                                                   Entrance Antiphon    Psalm 24: 1-3

To you, I lift up my soul, O my God.  In you, I have trusted; let me not be put to shame.  Nor let my enemies exult over me; and let none who hope in you be put to shame.

Today my Advent journey begins - a spiritual journey with our precious Trinity in search of the Star in the East.  I ponder the words “my enemies” with little awareness of where my journey will take me, but somehow, I know I need to begin.

For years, my husband Gerald and I were part of one of the Diocesan Renewal movements; it was and still is called “New Beginnings,” a journey that we, as team, hoped those who came would find reasons to want change, to find courage to want a new beginning. This weekend was for people whose relationships ended through separation, divorce or death. There had to be an “end” in order for there to be a “beginning.”

Again I ponder the words “my enemies” and I realize that my greatest enemies are my sins, the brokenness and darkness that separates me from God and so I begin in search of the Star in the East, not bringing gold, frankincense and myrrh but “my enemies” with hope in my heart that the Bethlehem Babe will accept them with the same love with which He will greet the three Wise Men.

Advent is the Season of hope, hope in new beginnings, hope in a second coming of a Redeemer who loves us back into wholeness with compassion and forgiveness.  My journey to the heart of Jesus begins with hope that with all my frailties, Jesus awaits my arrival with open loving arms longing to be held by mine.

What hope do you hold in your heart this year as your journey begins?



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