Some not so random thoughts from the Sunday gospels of Advent to get us from today to Christmas Day in this very brief (only 21 day!) Advent season…

                “Watch!  Be alert!”  Not just for Advent but an every-day-of-the-year attention to the people and events right before our eyes.  The Lord is to be found in our midst right now.  And for those who are attentive his presence is more than a fleeting glimpse.

                “Prepare the way of the Lord.”  Smooth out the bumps in the road that leads to your heart.  Repentance for sins?  Of course.  And realize that conversion, ongoing conversion, is the companion to gratitude, an every growing gratitude for what the Lord has already done for us.

                “There is one among you whom you do not recognize.”  Refer back to “Watch  Be alert!”  It’s just another reminder that watchfulness is an everyday activity.

                “The Holy Spirit will come upon you.”  Why is it that we find it so hard to believe that the message delivered by an angel to one women, is promised to all who say, “Yes”?  We are all asked to give birth to the Savior in our own lives, not for just our own sake but also for the salvation of others.  That comes with risks and rewards, with heartaches and great joys, and with the constant presence of the Holy Spirit. 

With news this good, it’s not too early to say, “Merry Christmas!”           


                                                                                                Deacon Greg