On Advent Expectation

Behold, I am coming soon.
- Jesus [Revelation 22:7]

Expectation - anxious, collective and operative expectation of an end of the world, that is to say, of an issue for the world - that is perhaps the supreme Christian function and the most distinctive characteristic of our religion.

Historically speaking, that expectation has never ceased to guide the progress of our faith like a torch... We persist in saying that we keep vigil in expectation of the Master. But in reality we should have to admit, if we were sincere, that we no longer expect anything. The flame must be revived at all costs. At all costs we must renew in ourselves the desire and hope for the great coming. But where are we to look for the source of this rejuvenation? From the perception of a more intimate connection between the victory of Christ and the outcome of the work which our human effort here below is seeking to construct.
- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin