We are coming around full circle in our Gospel readings! We are at the beginning of Luke's telling of the Last Supper, which we will be dwelling in for the next few days. The plot to kill Jesus gets some traction today with Judas taking money to assist in the seizing of Jesus. And we have Jesus telling Peter and John how to find a place for them to have their Passover meal.
It may seem strange that in Advent, a time of preparation for the coming of Jesus, we are reading in the Daily Office about the beginning of the end of the story. In actuality it is not so strange. We are preparing in Advent for the coming of God, the fully human and the fully divine, in the form of an infant, and that is a joyous thing to contemplate. But that is not what we are centered around each Sunday as a community of faithful people. We are centered around a common table, usually with a cross behind or hanging over that table.
It is fitting then, that during Advent and this time of patient and reflective waiting, we also keep in mind the Eucharist and the Cross. We need to keep in mind the whole story. Similar to how we should interact in the world: paying attention to the detail, but not getting lost in that minutiae, instead keeping our eye on the bigger picture and moving toward the effectuating of the kingdom, here, now.
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