19th December 21
Gospel Reading: Luke 21: 25-36
Dear Community of Christians,
Has it become real in these last 2 years that we understand the Apocalypse words much more concretely?
As the Gospel says: "And human beings will lose their heads for fear and expectation of what is breaking in upon the whole earth.”
Fear and anxiety have paralyzed the whole world. On the surface, it was the fear of getting sick by contracting a virus. But behind this fear of illness lies the ultimate fear of death. This fear is a primal one, living more or less intensely in every human soul. It is important to admit this. This begins a crucial process of self-discovery.
Perhaps in the course of acquiring self-knowledge we discover that we have no clear idea what happens after we die. With our everyday selves we have a completely buried awareness of it. We have actually lost the knowledge that this world of death, and that which exists beyond it, is a realm to which we human beings belong to whole on earth. When we have lost of our trust, our clear consciousness of the spiritual world. Our thoughts are bound to the material which brings about a second crucifixion of the Christ in the spiritual world. Advent is a time for reflection. We could fill it with questions about the knowledge of man and his place in the cosmos, questions for Anthroposophy, a living being from which answers might come.
A deep certainty can arise through this process of reflection that the world of the spirit, the world into which we enter with death, is filled with light, love and life-giving power. Thus prepared, we will be strengthened to "escape all that lies ahead without harm and be able to stand before the revealing Son of Man".
Rev. Ute Koenig
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