This is the Second Sunday of Advent, a time of Christ already here but also a time of preparing for his second coming. It is a time of past times mingled together with Christ's future but in our now.
The Gospel lesson for this Sunday is again from Matthew and is about John the Baptist's proclamation of Jesus coming. See the full text below. John proclaims, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near. The root meaning of "to repent" is "to turn" or to have a dramatic change of mind and direction. Father Richard Rohr's definition of repent is simply, "change the way you think."
Advent is the church season when we intentionally work at changing the way we see God in our lives as the season prepares us for Christmas. Christmas is about God becoming so real, literally physically real, that God is physically known in a human person, Jesus. In Jesus, the concepts of God's love, forgiveness and grace cease being theological summaries and suddenly become humanly real and accessible to every human who ever lived and lives
John the Baptist cries out in the wilderness, "change the way you think! Jesus is coming to make God real among us and with us. Prepare yourselves by watching and learning to know God in a new and intimate way."
What are we going to do with all this Grace, all this Forgiveness, and all this Love?
See you in Church,
Interim Pastor Craig Storlie