The Kingdom of God is near.        – Luke 21:25-36

What if you made this Advent season radically different?

This is a very busy time of year.  There’s shopping, baking, social commitments at work and with family and friends, decorating, special events to attend. . .but as Jesus reminds us in this week’s Gospel, the Son of Man is coming.  And there are no dates set in stone and no Google Calendar reminder to announce the Second Coming.  We have to live like we’re ready, all of the time.  “Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with. . .the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly” (v. 34).

Running from commitment to obligation doesn’t leave much room for joy and praise, peace and prayer.  So this Advent, start our planning with a blank slate.  Will Christmas still come even if you don’t exchange presents with your siblings?  Who says you have to have a tree?  What are your Advent essentials?

Then, with great deliberation, write in only those activities and traditions that are most precious – the things that make your heart feel full of love for God and for your neighbor.  Do only these, and do them with joy.  During Advent, live as if you were going to meet Jesus each and every day.


FOR REFELCTION:  If Jesus were coming today, would he look at our actions and say “Well done”?  What have we done for the least of our brothers and sisters, and thus for him?