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The good news for the day November 27

First Sunday of Advent (1)

Jesus says to his followers: “As it was in the era of Noah, that is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes. Back in those day—before the Flood—people were eating and drinking away, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the very day Noah entered the ark. People did not “get it” until the Flood came and carried them all away. That is the way it will it be also when the Son of Man comes. Two guys will be out in the field; one will be seized, and one will not. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be seized, and one will not.  So, stay awake! You have no idea which day the One in charge of you will come. Be sure of this: if the head of a household would have known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have kept awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, you must be prepared—at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” (Matthew 24)

 

The Good News—the always “Good News—is the coming of the resurrected Jesus into your life. It is unexpected. It may come in a movie (The pope has been touting Babette’s Feast.) It may come when you see someone; it may come when you feel doubts—and realize that a doubt is how you get to real faith—and so on.

 

And you are—or have been—seized and set on a new path, picked up by a giant hand (or on eagles’ wings) and taken into something full of wonder, hardship, peace, healing, forgiveness, compassion, struggle, and joy.

 

Advent means you stand ready.  Because it needs to happen every day afresh. It is the wonder that it is not once-for-all-time, but each day you rise to face the new sun, to feel its daylight—and become ready for what the new day brings—how and when and through whom Jesus will come this day. The “son of man” may come as a new-born baby, as a withered curmudgeon next door, as a tired woman with her walker, with your spouse, your teen-age son, your silence at the mystery of it all.

 

And that is the Good News—Jesus come to you today. Watch for Him!

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