December 11, 2016
Matthew 11:2-11
James 5:7-10
Isaiah 35:1-10
Psalm 146:5-10

Why did he ask?
Advent 3

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C. David McKirachan
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Why did he ask?
by C. David McKirachan
Matthew 11:2-11

If somebody comes into my house at this time of year and asks me, “What season is it?” I’d be sure they were being sarcastic, or they had come from another culture, insulated from the tsunami that we call Christmas. I go a little nuts. There are winged messengers sprouting from almost every horizontal surface that’s not for sitting or food preparation. And every doorway is a trap for anyone over 6’3”. They’re hanging there too. Santa’s and nutcrackers are wedged into every corner and a large evergreen tree dominates the living room, scintillating with over 2000 lights (I stopped counting there) and blown glass ornaments, popsicle stick animals and ornaments of the Grateful Dead, New York Yankees (for my wife), Eli Manning (quarter back of the NY Giants), Green Lantern (my favorite super hero), prisms that catch all the light and make more of it, and more angels. The Steinway baby grand that was made for my wife’s great aunt when ‘We’re Coming Over and We Won’t Come Back ‘Till It’s Over Over There’ was topping the hit parade becomes the stage for our 70 figure crèche (three sets plus extras) including 9 Magi (it says three gifts, not three Magi), a herd of camels, and another flock of angels. And then there’s’ the Advent Wreath, two feet in diameter, white bisque china, also angel polluted. Yup, no doubt around here, it’s Christmas. Our churches are also full of decorations, bazaars, pageants, candlelight services, and carols. And the streets and stores are transformed into Santa’s distribution points.

But no matter how intense and profligate the signs of the holiday may be, all of these are traditions that do not answer John’s question, “Are you the one, or should we look for another?” None of them demonstrate the presence of something new being born in the midst of our daily agendas. They may be a wonderful diversion, a sign that there is more to us than work and a dog eat dog power struggle, but they do little to demonstrate a transformative moment in human kind’s history.... >>Click here for the full installment.

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