The beginning of Advent is only 4 days away! Advent comes from the Latin word adventus (Greek: parousia) meaning “coming.” During Advent we anticipate the coming of Jesus in two ways:
- We celebrate his first coming into the world as an innocent infant.
- We also wait for his glorious return to the Earth, when he will judge the living and the dead.
This Advent, most of my musings will be focused on this parousia of Christ; his coming into the world as an innocent infant and what this means to us as Christians, and also what it means for people who aren’t Christians.
There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory.
– Luke 21:25-27, NRSVCE
via Daily Prompt: Anticipation