O come, O come, Emmanuel. Amen.
“Come, Lord Jesus.” That simple prayer is a short summary of the season of Advent. Come: Advent is the season in which we hope for rebirth. Later in Christmas we will celebrate the rebirth of hope. Just as God came to us some 2,000 years ago, we pray that God comes again to culminate the reign of peace over all the earth. Lord: In the time of the Bible, there were lords, but they were more warlords than saviors. Calling Jesus “Lord” is a subversive prayer that means that we follow not the ways of the empire, but of he who was killed by the empire. And Jesus: His name is derived from the Hebrew name of Joshua, which means “God saves.” Jesus’ name symbolizes the liberation that he will give us from all that enslaves us. “Come, Lord Jesus.” It is a simple, but extremely dangerous prayer.