December 10, 11, and 12 The Three Comings of Christ: Advent and the Spiritual Life Timothy P. O’Malley, PhD
The four weeks of Advent often pass too quickly. We go to holiday parties, prepare for final exams, and listen to our kids’ or grandkids’ Christmas concerts. Christmas is less a climatic moment in which we greet the coming of the infant Christ and more an occasion to breathe a sigh of relief. At least, we get to rest.
But how do we enter into the season of Advent more fruitfully? In this parish mission, we’ll create a space to welcome Jesus Christ into our hearts so that we can celebrate the season of Christmas with our whole being. During the three days of our mission, we’ll focus on the three comings of Christ that we remember each Advent. The past, present, and future coming of Jesus Christ—the Son of Man, the Bridegroom of our souls, and the speechless Babe.
Through attending to each of these images, as reflected on in the Scriptures, art, music, and the liturgy, we’ll be ready not simply to escape the busyness of the Christmas season! Instead, we’ll learn to encounter Jesus Christ each day of our lives.
Monday: Awaiting the Son of Man
Tuesday: The Bridegroom of Our Souls
Wednesday: The Speechless Babe
Timothy P. O’Malley is a professor in the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame. He directs educational outreach in the McGrath Institute, focusing in the areas of liturgy, catechesis, and spirituality. He also teaches in the Department of Theology at Notre Dame, focusing his teaching and research in areas related to Scriptural exegesis, liturgy, catechesis, and art. He is an author of four books, most recently Bored Again Catholic: How the Mass Could Save Your Life (Our Sunday Visitor, 2017) and Off the Hook: God, Love, Dating, and Marriage in a Hookup World (Ave Maria Press, 2018). He is married to Kara and has two young children, ages 5 and 1.