. . .for repentance. Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la.
It is not the message we typically expect at this time of year. In fact, the cultural message is quite the opposite. ‘Tis the season for excess everything. ‘Tis the season for self-centeredness. ‘Tis the season for indulgence. Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la.
And yet the Advent message is something quite different. “In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’” (Mt. 3:1-2) ‘Tis the season for repentance; now, while the kingdom of heaven is so near.
We prepare to celebrate some of the best news ever announced. Things are on the verge of dramatic change. Isaiah puts it this way.
God offers peace, justice, and reconciliation. All we have to do to participate is give up the other things. I guess it comes down at the end of the day to which we’d rather have. The kingdom has drawn near. Nothing stands between us and it but repentance.