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By Gordon Davies

Light in the dark season, the hope of a safe homecoming, the comforting of grief – so many of the images in Advent present the coming of Christ as a time for us to welcome him into our human family. He comes among us so that we can know God better, and his family of Mary and Joseph is a model of all humanity now gathered around the One who saves us.

These images are meaningful to people whose own families were places of love. The language of Advent works well with people for whom the words “father”, “mother”, “home” and “infant” evoke memories of peace and safety. For many LGBT people, however, home life was, or still is, a time of rejection, even danger. The Advent themes can seem cruelly foreign.

An important stage of growth in one’s personal faith is to see the limits of its language. God is Father, but not like the one whose surname we carry. Mary is Mother, but not like the one who bore us. Jesus is a brother but not a rival sibling in a bad home dynamic. The Holy Family is not the same as ours. And God loves us in a deeper way than any person can.

Advent becomes blessed for us to the extent that we free ourselves from whatever dark connotations we bring to it. Our relationship to Jesus is a new kind of friendship and bond. And the Church in which we celebrate his sacraments is a new kind of home.

For many LGBT people, however, home life was, or still is, a time of rejection, even danger. The Advent themes can seem cruelly foreign. An important stage of growth in one’s personal faith is to see the limits of its language… The Holy Family is not the same as ours. And God loves us in a deeper way than any person can.


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