Advent ime cycles in again, and we feel the rhythms of the end of the year, the rituals of graduation, gatherings of colleagues and family to mark this time, holidays, Summer days, the spectre of bushfire season, and the commercial Christmas obligatory tinsel, plastic, glitter and kitsch, that moment when you hear Mariah Carey for the first time in the season, and the crowded calendar jostles: all the familiar routines heighten our awareness of the passing of another year.
In the midst of this way of time keeping, Advent offers us a different way of experiencing time.
Our readings burst the bounds of time – they are ancient and yet freshly ours today as if just baked on the hot coals of the Spirit’s fire this morning.
Our time of waiting and anticipating Christmas spans weeks and millennia at the same time as we climb aboard the prophet’s poetry, the persecute people’s prayers and the passionate gospel proclamations – ‘How long, Lord!’ ‘Are you ready’ ‘Keep awake and alert!’.
In this Advent time let’s look to God’s unCalendar and unClock, and let God’s presence and promise find us in everywas, everywhen, everynow and everyever.