Advent is a precious time in the Church’s year. Amidst all the hustle and bustle of preparing
for Christmas, amidst all the anxieties that we are still living with, Advent offers us an
opportunity for something different. And yet it can seem, at first glance, a rather useless
opportunity. Advent is a season not of frantic doing but of being. It is a time of learning
afresh to be still and listen, waiting on God in loving attentiveness. It is a time of learning
afresh to see the things that truly matter, watching in hope. It is a time of learning afresh to
trust in God’s love for each of us, a love shown by sending his Son- Emmanuel- God with us.
Evelyn Underhill the great English mystic wrote, ‘We spend most of (our) lives conjugating
three verbs : to Want, to Have, and to Do… forgetting that none of these verbs have any
ultimate significance, except so far as they are transcended by and included in, the
fundamental verb to Be.’ (Evelyn Underhill, Christopher L. Webber (2006). “Advent with Evelyn Underhill”,
p.43, Church Publishing, Inc.)
God came to be with us. In Advent he invites to spend a little time being with him.