Our Advent Devotion for Friday, December 10, comes to us from The Fullness of Time by Henri J.M. Nouwen
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Colossians 1:19-20 NIV
“God not only became flesh for us years ago in a country far away. God also becomes food and drink for us now at this moment of the Eucharistic celebration, right where we are together around the table. God does not hold back. God gives all. That is the mystery of the Incarnation”
With Burning Hearts, page 68 by Henri J.M. Nouwen
“Here at This Table”
In the Eucharist, Christ is still Emmanuel, God-with-us. The Eucharist both satisfies our yearning for Christ and instills in us a deeper yearning for him. In the Eucharist, Christ is truly present. And yet the Eucharistic feast increases our desire for his Second Coming, when there will no longer be signs or symbols or sacraments, but only God, who will be all in all. Until that time, we wait patiently to be united with the incarnate, crucified and risen Christ in the Eucharist. Gathered with our brothers and sisters, we anticipate his coming even as we receive him into our hearts and bodies, the food and drink that sustain us until his return.
Once again, we wait for Jesus to come into our lives in a new and invigorating way. In this season, we anticipate the presence of this one who leads us into faith and community, so that we might serve those whom God puts in the paths upon which we
find ourselves. May we see Christ as we come to every table at which we gather this holiday season.
Jesus, Emmanuel, you feed us with the Bread of Life. May our Eucharistic celebrations be bold and gentle reminders that as we gather at your table, you are already with us. Amen.
Henri J.M. Nouwen