Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Holy Apostles
At Holy Apostles celebrating the Commissioning of the Ministry Team and the 10th anniversary of the Hmong Ministry on Sunday, December 13

Lost in my running “prayer-trance,” I was immediately startled by the booming sound of the bells that began to ring at the local Catholic Church. Instinctually, I looked in the direction of the sound, and processing out of the church were eight young men carrying a coffin. I immediately came to a complete stop, and at the same time, continued the prayer I was praying.

Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

This familiar Eucharistic Prayer A Eucharistic Acclamation has been centermost for me during this Advent season; in part because it has provided me with both solace and perspective during what has been a tragically violent Advent. If I am left to what is reported on the news, or the endless stream of related commentary, I find any sense of hope waning. This is completely contrary to what the Advent journey calls us to.

The words “Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.” do not allow me to live in denial of the endless barrage of tragedy, but rather point me to the fact that this does not get the last word. Our lives are filled with a multitude of “deaths” or “Good Fridays” – Christ has died. Yet, we are in the end “new life” people, Easter people, resurrection people – Christ is risen. And as importantly, we are “eternal life” people, Advent people filled with hopeful anticipation – Christ will come again!

May the remaining days of Advent, regardless of the challenges and difficulties that come your way, find the fullness of our expression of faith that “Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again!”

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