Advent, from the Latin adventus, means arrival, approach or to come. And, of course, during the Advent season we are commemorating the arrival of the Christ child which we know as a historical fact. But we don’t just commemorate His first coming at Advent. We are also joyously anticipating His promised second coming. That’s the purpose of our advent-ure.
Adventure comes from the Vulgate Latin adventura which is translated ‘what must happen’. We as Believers know that Jesus’ second coming is a ‘must happen’ event. We are confident in what Jesus has promised us and we believe that the whole world should know about His planned second coming. As Joan Chittister put it in her book The Liturgical Year, “it is not simply a matter of waiting and rejoicing in what the Advent promises us. It is about learning how to live while we wait.” To me that is just another way of saying …to know Him and make Him known.
So the Advent season is a time for us to meditate on and renew our commitment to living a life of adventure with a purpose …to know Him and make Him known.