Monday in 2nd Week of Advent
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There is nothing new in the spiritual life about calling people to wake up. Waking up to the blessings all around us allows us to live more fully, more abundantly, more richly. Waking up to the moment means that we are mindful of the present moment, rather than being focussed all too much on the past or the future. Waking up each morning means that we can embrace what is in store for us. Waking up is a key part of the spiritual life.
For Christians, there is a real focus upon waking up, for we do await the coming of Christ into our life, even as we also embrace the reality that Christ is with us. Huh? Yes. Both God among us, and also God coming to us in great glory at some future time. This sense of an opening up of the creation to God's fullness is the meaning of the apocalypse, the opening, the unveiling. When we live in the deep sense of expectation, we become ever more open to the great opening, the great unveiling which God will enact.
And so, Paul outlines in 1 Thessalonians in todays reading how we might be awake, how we might be ready for this coming, and how we might build each other up as we await the final coming. So wake up! Even on this cold (where I am) December morning. Wake up tot he blessings all around. Wake up to the moment. Wake up to the what is in sore for us today. And, wake up to the final unveiling that God will enact.
1 Thessalonians 6-11
6 So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; 7for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. 8But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.
The Rev. Peter M. Carey Associate Rector
Emmanuel Episcopal Church Greenwood, VA
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