I suspect that those who may read this blog have already considered the nature of Advent many times before. You may have thought about the odd paradox of awaiting the Christ child when we celebrate a Risen Lord who is here among us. You may recall a year when you were prompted to consider the disparity of wealth between the birth of Jesus and our over the top consumerism. Perhaps, not too many years ago, the startling nature of power as it is blessed by God in the lowliness of a peasant couple seen against the structures of power blessed by our culture today was highlighted during Advent.
No matter what was called forth to prompt our Advent reflections, they all have something in common. Even with a Risen Lord in our midst we are no better today at recognizing the Christ than we were 2000 years ago. We need the constant reminders that God shows up in the most surprising places and spaces, blessing things that we frequently discard, and moving God's people on journeys we've likely not chosen for ourselves. Advent, a seasons go, is not really a season but an opportunity to put right glasses on our faces for the remainder of the liturgical year. If we don't do Advent correctly, if we don't expose our blindness, if we pretend we know where Christ is...always, then Risen Lord or not, we will miss intent of Advent.
Yea, Lord we greet Thee...move us to see you aright. May this season be a season of hope which leads us sing with the angels at your birth as we stand with shepherds in the cold mid-winter, frost on our breath but faith in our hearts.