1st Sunday of Advent, A16
The craziness of Black Friday (which has been going for at least three weeks with pre-Black Friday sales) and tomorrow’s Cyber Monday, the endless catalogues and inserts in our daily paper, and the non-stop advertising on TV, radio, and billboards, all pound into our consciousness what the commercial Christmas should look like. But rather than waiting for a deluge of gifts delivered by Santa Claus or relatives, what Christian believers are waiting for and anticipating is something very different.
We are reminded that as people of faith we are to remain hopeful and alert, not to hear reindeer hooves on the roof but for the return of our Savior.
But to do this, we have to make time in the hectic pace of our holiday preparations to be somewhat still, to prepare by prayer for the promised return by thinking about Jesus 1st coming, the fulfillment of one promise giving us confidence in another.
I challenge you and myself to read and ponder Matthew’s and Luke’s portrayal of Christ’s birth.
I further challenge you and myself to sit quietly for a minute or two or more each day to pray the mantra: “Thy Kingdom Come!”
If we stay awake and aware, we can meet Christ as he is already coming NOW in the people we meet, in the cards we send, in the love we share and show in the presents we buy.
That way we prepare to celebrate this Christmas what has been, what is now, and what will be. Amen!