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ADVENT 2016

 

Adventus Domini. “The coming of the Lord” is the purpose of the four weeks before the celebration of the birth Jesus Christ. Just like when a very important person has announced his plan to visit, one prepares himself well to receive that person with the proper honour and respect due to the person, as for example when the pope came to Denmark in 1989. Advent is not so much a preparation for the first coming the Jesus. This happens more than 2000 years ago. Advent is really concerned about preparing for His second coming in glory and majesty at the end of time. This preparation contains, while one waits, a striving after a deeper awareness of the absolute need for salvation, and a deep longing for God.


In the midst of this period of preparation God bestows on us through the Church a major and solemn feast of Mary, the feast of her immaculate conception. This feast has in itself no

immediate relevance to Advent. That it falls on the 8th of December simple completes the nine months before the 8th of September, the Nativity of Mary. Still, the feast is relevant to Advent. In Mary we see the perfectly redeemed human being, the completion of salvation of Jesus Christ, which began here on earth by His life, crucifixion and resurrection. We mirror ourselves in her. The hope that the longing for complete liberation from all that is evil and its consequences, the longing to be perfectly filled with God’s love has reached its fulfillment in Mary. The feast of her immaculate conception is like the golden dawn before the rising sun of Christ’s birth. God’s will with us is to transform us from the human to the divine. We are be like Mary, perfectly without sin and full of grace. Otherwise we cannot see Gud as Gud sees Himself.


Preparation for the second coming of Christ consists in that we every day from the depths of our heart say: “let it be done to me according to your word.”

 

Adventus Domini. I wish all a blessed Advent.

 

 


Paul Marx, omi

parish priest

 

 

 

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