There is a lot in this chapter, a lot which could be a starting point for reflection. It contains a great many ideas and images of God to treasure up and ponder.
But one sentence in particular stood out for me. “Then there are moments within seasons, where one thing that wasn’t, suddenly is, bursting it seems from nowhere, but actually part of what always was and always will be.” How true. Turning points: a new idea, a new relationship, a new vocation. That which, from the moment it comes into being, seems always to have been.
And today we reach a turning point in our advent journey, as we move into the final octave of preparation, and renew our focus on the coming Christ. The O Antiphons which mark these days contain the essence of that which was from the beginning, and is anew. And so we prepare for the ultimate turning point of salvation: the incarnation. In the beginning, now and not-yet. O Wisdom, Adonai, Emmanuel….. come.