“I love to sleep.” There, I’ve admitted it. I’m not a morning person; I can’t get by on just a few hours of rest a night. Getting a good night’s sleep is not a bad thing; it’s healthier for us. But St. Paul in Romans is telling us that we when we are awake, we need to be really awake – not just sleep-walking through the day.
Advent comes in the nick of time this year. It’s been a tumultuous fall, with painful rhetoric, violent outbursts, and an election upset. In the midst of all this, the Church in its wisdom, says:
“Let us begin again, with a new year, a new Advent. Let us pause and reflect on the darkness in the world, in our lives…and turn once more toward the light, the light of Christ coming into the world even now.”
How can we live more mindfully, more intentionally, so as to reflect Christ’s light into the world? How can we be fully awake, and act in the world for greater justice, greater mercy?
And finally, if death were to take us now, would we be prepared? Would we be satisfied with our lives, our stands for justice, our works of mercy? I don’t know about you, but I still have work to do. I’d better get awake and focus my life on God’s work, God’s values. JBM