Bishop's Advent Message 2014

Advent 2014

“With the Lord, a ‘day’ can mean a thousand years, and a thousand years is like a day.” (2 Peter 3:8) - from the Liturgy of the 2nd Sunday of Advent.

We find it difficult to live in the present. Perhaps because it so quickly becomes the past. To live fully in the reality of today is not easy. Our minds tend to linger in the past, or hide in the future. Thoughts of our misremembered yesterdays and imaginary tomorrows distract us from the here and now.

This season of Advent “mixes memory and desire”. We wait for the annual celebration of the birth of Jesus, recalling what happened two millennia ago. Our waiting for the feast somehow links us with those who waited long for that day and missed it when it happened. And it reminds us that we wait for Christ to come again and raise us and all creation to his Kingdom. 

Yet he also comes to us today, if only we would notice.

May this time of Advent be an opportunity for you to pause and spend a day with Jesus, who is, who was, and who will be.

+Michael McKenna

 Bishop of Bathurst