Advent 1

“But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Matthew 24.36).

(in your best evil villian/scientist voice) Oh but we do. <em>We do know! We know, exactly.
We know the doors open at midnight or 4am on Friday. We know the end will be May 21, 2011 (unless you think it will be May 14th or December 20, 2012). These dates become significant depending upon calendars and calculations. Many of us just chuckle over these predictions and prognostications. But, I think there is something enticing in trying to decipher the times. It’s like a puzzle. We as human beings like to be in the know. We like to feel like there’s a plan that we can figure out and perhaps some how even perhaps influence to some degree. Not knowing is unsettling. If we don’t know, how can we stock pile and gather water, food, supplies, loved ones? How can we do/be good? If we don’t know how can we be prepared? Again, it’s all about us, keeping us safe, preparing us. This is self-centered and selfish. This is exactly the opposite of what God in Christ is about. Faith is all about living each moment not in knowledge of the times, but in love freely given. That is what it is to be prepared, for we do not know what each moment may bring. So celebrate each moment in a passionate embrace of others, and in so doing we will be living now in the kingdom come.

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