There are some wonderful Advent reflections by the Brothers of St. John the Evangelist Society in Cambridge, MA.
Here is today's:
Some of us Christians are too eager to find in current events evidence that will tell us when and how the world will end and the Son of Man will return. Others of us have lost our hope in God’s promise and come to believe only in ourselves and in our human institutions. The gospel challenges us all. “Watch, be alert, keep awake,” it warns us. Christ will surely come.