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Wednesday, First Week of Advent
December 2, 2009

"Arise, shine; for your light has come,
and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you." -- Isaiah 60:1

The Light Shining in the Night of the World

I really enjoy reading Pope Benedict's daily reflection, especially his comments on Advent. It's my first Advent so I'm very excited.

God is gracious to enlighten me that life is Christ being born and I always have some parts of me that are "before Christ", before the birth of Christ. To be alive is to be Christ like. If God used Jesus' human life, death, and resurrection for our redemption, I should allow God to use my life to be His Light for all the strayed and indifferent souls.     

Here is an section of Pope Benedict's Advent reflection...
"Advent does not mean "expectation," as some may think. It is a translation of the Greek word parousia which means "presence" or, more, "accurately," arrival i.e., the beginning of a presence. In antiquity the word was a technical term for the presence of a king or ruler and also of the god being worshiped, who bestows his parousia on his devotees for a time. Advent, then, means a presence begun, the presence being that of God.

Advent reminds us, therefore, of two things: first, that God's presence in the world has already begun, that he is present though in a hidden manner; second, that his presence had only begun and is not yet full and complete, that it is in a state of development, of becoming and progressing toward its full form. His presence has already begun, and we, the faithful, are the ones through whom he wishes to be present in the world. Through our faith, hope, and love he wants his light to shine over and over again in the night of the world? That night is today whenever the Word again becomes flesh: or genuine human reality. The Christ child comes in a real sense whenever human beings act out of authentic love for the Lord."

-- Tongxin Lu '11