Veni, Veni Emmanuel
A blessed, holy and joyful Advent to all, as we begin a new liturgical year this evening. The ancient expectation for the arrival of Christ goes back to the Jewish people, the Magi, the Gentiles, waiting for the ‘Messiah’, Emmanuel, ‘God with us’, the anointed One who would free us from the evils of this passing world.
Christ did arrive, revealing to us that is was not primarily from external suffering that we needed saving, but rather from from our own sins, from the darkness within each of our hearts. Hence, the type of Christ as the ‘light to the nations’,