The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
The readings in Advent point to many images of the time of judgment, the end times, the "apocalypse." And, this word "apocalypse" means "lifting of the veil" or "revelation." From Isaiah, we hear these words that point to a time when "the glory of the Lord shall be revealed." Clearly, things are hidden from our understanding and experience, and it is at many times a frustrating part of the spiritual life that the glory of God is not apparent to us in clearer ways. But, this waiting and hoping and anticipation for the revealing of God to us is what Advent is all about.
Waiting in the theater before the show begins, waiting through many many previews in the movie theater, waiting through hours of tortuous labor before a birth occurs - these are the experiences that many of us know all to well from our everyday lives. Advent offers us this kind of waiting and longing, but in spades. We wait, hoping once again for Jesus Christ to become known to us in this world, in the midst of this life, in a real and apparent way.
It is a spirituality of humility and waiting that is offered to us in Advent. It is hard to jump on board, and easy to slip into a spirituality of Christmas - of the revealing - of the incarnation - of the God made known in the humblest of figures. However, if we can wait, if we can live in the longing and anticipation, the season of Advent offers us fruits for the journey, both the journey of these weeks, and also the journey of our lives.
~The Rev. Peter M. Carey