Friday, November 28, 2014

An Advent's reflection for the Friday

Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ, 

I was born in Holland in the fair city of The Hague and the time before Christmas 
was always classified as " the dark days before Christmas"  However Christmas lights 
and Christmas trees in streets and on squares  all lit up at night , worked towards 
turning this darkness into light. The season of Advent, especially in the Northern 
Hemisphere was such a beautiful time - you really felt that Jesus was coming and 
Christmas celebrations were not too far away. Here in the scorching heat of Bendigo, 
Australia , even after all these years away from Holland , I till find it difficult 
to get the same feeling as then in Holland. I know I know it is nostelgia. 

In Advent I get great comfort from the fact that we are focussing on a journey 
from darkness into light. No we dont have dark days before Christmas here, but like
everywhere else we are surrounded by the darkness of sin and sorrow. The hymn 
says it so beautifully  " from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest 
in Thee. 

So Advent is in fact having that inner peace of knowing that Jesus is coming again
and when He does, He will make everything new. Let us in this busy world try 
to take time off and just sit in Church in front of the Blessed Sacrament and 
focus on the Light of Christ. 

Come, Thou long expected Jesus
 Born to set Thy people free
 From our fears and sins release us
 Let us find our rest in Thee

Israel's strength and consolation
 Hope of all the earth Thou art
 Dear desire of every nation
 Joy of every longing heart

Born Thy people to deliver
 Born a child and yet a king
 Born to reign in us forever
 Now Thy gracious kingdom bring

By Thine own eternal Spirit
 Rule in all our hearts alone
 By Thine own sufficient merit
 Raise us to Thy glorious throne

By Thine own sufficient merit
 Raise us to Thy glorious throne


A Holy Advent, 

Father Ed Bakker 
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province 
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne 
Bendigo Australia