Matthew 24:36-44:  

“But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.  For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man.  Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left.  Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left.   

Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.  But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into.  Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.

  From Rev. Dr. William B. Allen, Regional Minister Emeritus:

These Advent days are all about being ready for the coming of … Well, really they are replete with comings (Advent means “coming”):

  • The coming to fulfillment of the prophets’ visions
  • The coming of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem 
  • The coming of the baby Jesus
  • The coming of angels, shepherds, and kings 
  • The coming of Christmas – with all its layers of meaning
  • The coming of peace and goodwill on earth
  • The coming of God almighty in new and unexpected ways

You can surely add to this list of things that come to us in Adventide.

There are so many things going on when the church stops to contemplate the birth of the Christ, that we cannot comprehend them all.  But we surely want to be present to and participate in as many of these gifts as possible.  This urgent text from Matthew’s gospel alerts us to the importance of our being prepared, ready, alert so that we do not miss the Advent, the coming of  all that God chooses to send to us with the Nativity of the Lord.  A great hymn of the Advent season is “Wake, Awake for Night is Flying.”  That’s exactly theme of this season.  Be awake, because our God is breaking into the darkness with marvelous light.  Let’s be alert to receive God’s gift. 

Awaken us, coming God, to the promises and power of this season.