Advent is the Christian season of preparing for the coming of the savior, Jesus. Traditionally it is marked as both a time to prepare for the coming of Jesus as an infant, God incarnated as a human being AND a time to prepare for Jesus’ coming again at the end of the world.
I know, I know, a little too apocalyptic for our 21st century, reasonable, humanistic faith. Or is it? The reason this story endures is that it continues to have some relevance to the lived experience of people who take the life and teachings of Jesus as a grounding and center for their spiritual lives. We who put our trust in the example of Jesus’ ministry and teaching still find meaning in the traditions of Advent, even in the second coming.