Advent is the season of hope in a different way than Easter is. At Easter we look forward to our risen life in Jesus which begins even now because he has been raised and lives with the Father. In Advent our attention is on the very beginnings. The work of Jesus was a long way from the passion, death and resurrection. The tone of Advent is hopeful rather than glorious; it contains within it a bright seed. In the mind of his Father this child who is coming is already in his eternal glory, for he is the eternal Son.
Our lives also are hidden in Christ as a bright seed. In a way we are always in Advent and always at Easter. There is in us a joining of the mortal and the immortal, of the very human and the divine. Sometimes, particularly when the course of our lives is not as smooth as we would like it to be, this can be confusing, until Jesus reminds us that we are reliving his own course from the crib to the Empty Tomb.
I hope in you, Lord. You committed yourself to me by coming into my world and by preparing a resurrection for me. Strengthen my commitment to belong to you.