This is the Eve. This is the night before. This is the time we celebrate the moment of immanence. The hinge of history is about to arrive.
Before, life was one way. After, life will be another.
We are already in the “after”, and yet we are in our own “now and not yet” - when Jesus has saved us, when Jesus is with us, yet he is not fully with us.
In our own “now and not yet” waiting for the Kingdom, Christmas Eve - the celebration of anticipation, of the “not yet,” of the faith and hope that God will come - is a special feast of its own.
We hold our breath, and let our tears of joy gather in anticipation, and say, Maranatha, come, Lord Jesus…