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November 30, 2014 – 1st Sunday of Advent

An Advent Reflection  Time is on Our Side

 Bulletin Reflection

Alice Camille

Last week was about endings and judgment. The church year concluded; time to choose allegiance to Christ, King of the Universe! With the season of Advent, the wheel of time turns again. Now it’s all about beginnings and fresh starts. This season is pregnant with possibilities, expectant with hope. If you like, you can be born again with Christ! The world is getting another chance to make things right. Each of us is issued the same opportunity to be made new.

So it’s just a little formidable to start such a bright season on a note of warning. Be alert! Watch! We might have preferred a word of encouragement, rather than a sharp and sober command. Something soothing to rock the cradle of a new world, you know, more like the Isaian prophecy:Comfort, comfort! Not this militant tone: Stay at your post! Stay awake!

But ask an expectant mother what waiting for a birth is like. She watches what she eats like a king with a royal taster, poised for a hint of treachery or danger. She carefully monitors her movements, expenditures of energy, money, and time. Her body becomes a guarded fortress, and a temple, and a treasure chest. She reads voraciously about what’s good for the baby, what’s harmful or ambivalent. Her eye is on the whole world, ready to do battle for this vulnerable new life that depends on her every decision. No one is more alert than an expectant mother with a universe within her to care for.

So it’s right to start Advent on a cautious note. In preparing for new life, every hour matters. Every decision is important. The church is pregnant with a mystery about to be revealed! As usual, our Mother Mary leads the way in demonstrating what our discipleship should look like: careful, responsible, vigilant, and patient.

That last item is not to be overlooked. We live in a rush-rush world of instant gratification. Click on Amazon for a world of options delivered to your doorstep overnight. But some things take time, and they are often the best things: baking a cake from scratch, making a friend, learning how to love. You don’t want to rush these things or they can fall apart. In a season of waiting, you want to make friends with time.

So here’s our invitation at the start of a new church year, a new season with a new event horizon: make friends with time in these four weeks of anticipation. Don’t rush to make all of December a month of Christmas. Be patient. Let the new life the church bears in this season of grace grow on you, and in you. And keep your eyes open for surprises.

Reprinted with permission Prepare the Word (©2014) http://www.preparetheword.com

For the complete bulletin – go to Tab – Bulletins

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