You know it is said the most accidents happen in areas that are familiar to us – in our own home, in the surrounding area of our house – places that are routine. Because it is so familiar we function in a type of auto-pilot and we stop being aware because we know what to expect.
May I suggest this same danger is present in Advent . . . because it is familiar. We know the story – 4 weeks, then Christmas. Sure, we are told to stay awake, but all these stories have become . . . stories. We have heard them before and we will hear them again. They have become part of the routine of our year and worship.
If you recall a few weeks ago, I spoke about this difficulty. I asked how we put ourselves in the mindset of our ancestors; about how we feel their sense of despair, anxiety and frustration. Because unless we can do this, then I fear we miss the potency of Advent in our lives today.
CLICK HERE for the readings for First Sunday of Advent (Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:37-44)