Advent week 3. Somehow we should have found ourselves deeper and deeper into the the Mystery of God. Sadly, that seems to be an aspiration not a reality.
In the diary for this week there are 4 carol services and 3 invitations to Christmas Dinners. Do you remember the episode of the Vicar of Dibley when the Vicar felt that she could not turn down an invitation to Christmas Dinner and ate so much she had to crawl home? I learned to say “no thank you”, many years ago!
It is a real problem, though. If it isn’t the children’s nativities, parties and presentations, there is the push to ensure that everyone who should be remembered is remembered with a card or a gift.
In essence that is lovely, and I do enjoy receiving cards from people I have not heard from for a while, I love sending greetings to special people. But why does it all take over so quickly, why is Advent so often shortened?
This 3rd week of Advent begins to point us to Jesus’ birth. From the message of the Angel to the Stable, the Advent liturgy tries to remind us that, by resting in God, God rests in us. While the stories surrounding the Nativity are endearing they show us a harsh reality.
God becomes human, and humanity takes on the responsibility of becoming that God for the peoples of the World. There, is the harsh reality, humanity with it’s innate “sense of inadequacy” has the responsibility to show the face of the Christ to others.
That’s exactly why we need a good Advent!
Just a thought!