ADVENT is a coming, not our coming to God, but his to
us. We cannot come to God, he is beyond our reach; but he can come to us,
for we are not beneath his mercy. Even in another life, as St John
sees it in his vision, we do not rise to God, but he descends to us, and
dwells humanly among human creatures, in the glorious man, Jesus Christ.
And that will be his last coming; so we shall be his people, and he everlastingly
our God, our God-with-us, our Emmanuel. He will so come, but he is
come already, he comes always: in our fellow-Christian (even in a child,
says Christ), in his word, invisibly in our souls, more visibly in this
sacrament. Opening ourselves to him, we call him in: Blessed is he
that cometh in the name of the Lord; O come, Emmanuel.