05 December 2011

Advent Eucharist

Yesterday was Second Sunday in Advent and also the twelfth First Sunday Eucharist of 2011.  

While in worship I wondered (as in mindfully meandering) at the uniquely awesome faith experience we share in the contemporary Church.  As inheritors of the creation of the story, pilgrims in the story’s chronos, and having our hope in the Christ’s coming again, I marveled at the privilege to live in faith at the intersection of God of us, God with us, and God for us, eternally.

Perfect church.  That is the feeling I had as we sang, “Mary Did You Know?” just before taking the body-bread as the organist played “There’s a Sweet, Sweet Spirit in This Place.” Perfect church.  No rush to play with Baby Jesus; no looking away from the Crucified One. I longed to know exactly what Mary, Mother of Jesus, really knew when it is written:  Luke 2:19: "Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart."  As we sang :

Mary, did you knowthat your Baby Boy is Lord of all creation?Mary, did you knowthat your Baby Boy would one day rule the nations?Did you knowthat your Baby Boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?The sleeping Child you're holding is the Great, I Am.

Sitting in perfect church I was humbled with awe of the privilege to enter past the crèche (with a brown bodied and African-featured Baby Jesus) only to sup in remembrance of the broken-bodied Crucified One.  Both fully present. Privileged to learn about them in Sunday School, Bible Study, Seminary and sermons for the past half-century of my life.  Most privileged to learn about them in hospitality received today and extended with every opportunity.  

Hospitality, I conclude, is Christmas glory that makes the Eucharist make perfect sense in Advent.

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