Henri Nouwen once wrote, “The Lord is coming, always coming. When you have ears to hear and eyes to see, you will recognize him at any moment in your life. Life is Advent; life is recognizing the coming of the Lord.” This past Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent, a special time of waiting. Something that is often overlooked is what we are called to do as we wait. As Nouwen points out, we are called to hear and see.
Over the next few weeks, we are starting a sermon series focused on hearing. I am calling this series “Messengers.” Each week, we will look at a different individual that spoke to Mary. For example, next week, we will look at the angel Gabriel. I want us to examine not only how these individuals come to Mary, but also how Mary responds to these messengers.
Advent is certainly a time of waiting, but after that period of waiting is a time of response. It’s important for us as Christians to celebrate the birth of Christ at this time of the year. But it’s way more important for us to share with the world why the birth of Christ is different and how God sending Jesus Christ to this world changes everything.