Going digital – Bishop Liesen’s Advent message

Whereas many bishops traditionally write Advent letters or messages to the faithful of their dioceses, Bishop Jan Liesen, of the Diocese of Breda, has chosen to record a short YouTube video in which he shares his message for the season.

When it comes to the use of social media, Breda is at the forefront in the Netherlands. The use of diocesan websites is generally quite good, Breda has also expanded into using YouTube for information and catechesis. There is always much room for improvement, though, but hopefully this Advent message is another step in the right direction.

In his message, Bishop Liesen, who is also a member of the International Theological Commission, speaks of our waiting for the coming of Christ. He wonders what waiting for someone, instead of something, means for us. In order to once again reflect on Christ, to consider Him anew, the bishop presents us with three questions.

  • Wo is the person you are most expecting? What happens to you when that person comes? What does it mean for your life?
  • What does it mean for the other person that you are waiting for him or her? God is alive, and He is not unmoved by how we consider Him.
  • How can we use our intellect to expect or wait for someone? What ar ethe little things in our lives that help us expect the coming of Christ?

Maybe these questions can be of use to us in this Advent. Christ is coming, not just in general, but very specifically in the lives of each and everyone of us.

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