You know ‘the time’ has come: you must wake up now: our salvation is even nearer than it was when we were converted. The night is almost over, it will be daylight soon – let us give up all the things we prefer to do under cover of the dark; let us arm ourselves and appear in the light. Let us live decently as people do in the daytime: no drunken orgies, no promiscuity or licentiousness, and no wrangling or jealousy. Let your armour be the Lord Jesus Christ.
Sunday is the first Sunday, indeed the first day, of the Church’s New Year.
The first Sunday of Advent, this first day, is a time for us to take stock with regard to how we have been living and how we seek to live, by grace.
The mind of the Church turns to the last days, even as in her heart she prepares for the celebration of the Incarnation , of the first days of God in Christ with his people.
Thoughts of judgement may disturb and unsettle us, but the memories of love help keep our fears in check and help us to make the most of them as encouragement to conversion and renewal. The Lord came and comes to help us to wholeness and holiness. At the beginning of the New Year we give fresh thanks for that.
Christ: Alpha and Omega. St Leonard’s Bridgnorth, Shropshire. (c) 2016, Allen Morris