The Latin word Advent means coming. In Advent, we await the first coming of the Lord. It is a time of expectation and joyful anticipation. We prepare for Advent and look forward to the coming of Christ. And when He comes He will bring peace
Nation will not lift sword against nation,
there will be no more training for war,
O House of Jacob, come,
let us walk in the light of the Lord
Picture: Lighting the Advent candle at Westminster Cathedral
A picture a day – A thought for each day
Said Christ to his apostles ( per Benedictus Antiphon )
– I have longed to eat this Passover with you before I suffer
The story then taken up by St Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians 11:23-26
This is what I received from the Lord and in turn passed on to you : that on the same night that he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread, and thanked God for it and broke it, and he said,
‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in as a memorial of me.’
In the same way he took the cup after supper, and said,
‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Whenever you drink it, do this as a memorial of me.’
Until the Lord comes, therefore, every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are proclaiming his death.
The meal thus ended and having spoken one last time with his disciples, our Lord Jesus is taken away, willingly and without protest to fulfil his mission. as evening approaches then, the Blessed Sacrament Chapel lies empty, the altar stripped. Jesus is taken from our midst since to take us to our salvation, He would have to be taken this way. As great as the love of the Father is for the Son, great too is the love of the Father and of the Son for us. Great too is the price that has been paid for this love.