The whole world has gone Christmas crazy! And here we are, the Church, just getting to the first Sunday in Advent. All around us it’s Jingle Bell Rock and the twinkling of Christmas lights and Kurt Douglas as Santa Claus on Netflix, and here we are talking about the Apocalypse, for goodness sake.
Beloved, do we have a communications problem here? I mean, has the world gotten the messaging of the holidays right while the church is just stuck in the past? What’s the point of four weeks of Advent, anyway – talking about apocalypse and repentance and waiting, waiting, waiting, when we could have it all right now? If we wanted, we could rush to the carols, to the sweet babe in the manger, to the shepherds, the wise ones, the angelic choir, the light shining in the darkness! Why don’t we? To the world outside, Advent is just the calendar countdown to waking up to a pile of presents, but the rest of the season arrives without any waiting at all in a frantic mob of shopping as soon as Walmart opens its doors after Thanksgiving dinner. What the heck are we waiting for?