The Word Among Us

Advent 2005 Issue

Let Your Light Shine

An Advent Examination of Conscience

Advent is a season both for contemplating and for imitating the sharp-eyed men and women of Scripture. Not those whose eyesight would have tested 20/20, but all those ancestors in faith who kept their eyes open, looking for the coming of the Lord. Some, like the Old Testament prophets, scanned the horizon for signs of the Messiah who would reveal God's glory. Others had the spiritual vision to recognize and receive that Messiah when he came as a vulnerable infant in a manger.

During Jesus' life, the people around him caught glimpses of his glory as well. To some—like the shepherds and, later, the apostles...

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