December 20 Fourth Sunday of Advent Love
Advent is a love story. “For God so loved the world that God sent God’s only begotten son.” (John 3:16). The Son so loved the world that he willingly gave up equality with God to become a servant of humanity (Phil 2:6-7). Advent is the story of the relationship between God and God’s people, each yearning eagerly for the love of the other. Being merely the created and not the Creator, the finite not the infinite, we do not know how to love God fully. As we journey through Advent, we are reminded that we live in a world often devoid of love. Too often we stumble, setting our desire on something other than the one in whom we live and move and have our being. And yet, God knows the true longings of our hearts and spans the chasm that divides us. The definition of love is the incarnation. When we could not love God as were meant to, God took human form to show us how to be in relationship – how to love and be loved. Even more remarkable, God’s offer of love was not made once on a long ago silent night, but it is one that comes to us again and again, year after year, moment after moment, into our noisy world and chaotic days. God came to us as a babe in a manger, and God continues to come to us today. What wondrous love that is. Advent is a reminder that truly nothing can separate us from the love of God.