‘See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone’s work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.’
Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they will have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates. Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and fornicators and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practises falsehood.
‘It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.’
St. Patrick wrote the following poem:
"Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger."
Click here to read the poem in its entirety.
Today's passage from the lectionary readings for the 1st Tuesday in Advent, Year C, remind us that God is the Alpha and the Omega.
For those who might not be familiar with the Greek alphabet, Alpha is the first letter and Omega is the last. Therefore, to say that God is the Alpha and Omega is to say that God is both the beginning and the end. Theologically speaking, we are literally surrounded by Christ both in terms of chronology and physicality; there is no time or place we can go to be separated from the love of God made known to us in Christ, God-with-us.
So as you go about your day today, know that even as we wait for him, Christ is with you, within you, behind you, before you, and beside you as a friend.
Prayer of the Day:
God who is my beginning and my end,
thank you for your steadfast presence in my life.
Give me the courage to treat each day with the faith
of knowing that there is no where I can go to be apart from you. Amen.