It hard to believe it, given the fact that every store and place of business has been playing Christmas carols for about 3 weeks, but we are just in the middle of Advent. The scriptures for the past two Sundays have been telling us to watch, wait, observe.
Today’s word from the brothers of Saint John the Evangelist was simply: Watch…
“Some of us Christians are too eager to find in current events evidence that will tell us when and how the world will end and the Son of Man will return. Others of us have lost our hope in God’s promise and come to believe only in ourselves and in our human institutions. The gospel challenges us all. “Watch, be alert, keep awake,” it warns us. Christ will surely come.”
The Collect for the Day (from the Second Sunday of Advent):
Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.