Access today’s readings. Psalm 1, 2, 3; Psalm 4, 7 ; Amos 2:6-16; 2 Pet. 1:1-11; Matt. 21:1-11
A reflection from the Rev. Deacon Mary Beth Emerson, Trinity, Arlington
If we could but live in kairos time, Advent would be always, Christmas would be always, worship would be always – all the mysteries constant and instantaneous and eternal. We would be waiting and we would be “be-ing.” All would point to the heralding Kingdom, to God’s incarnation, to his Resurrection and his life in us. Right here, right now, in this world.
These greatest gifts are already ours. Some theologians have called this incarnationalism, where Christ and man both wait and co-create.
But the phone is ringing, and the lists are nagging and the calendar says we’re “running out of time.”
And, what a great invitation: to get out of time.
To stop and marvel, to slow down for kindness, to stand and be gentle, to practice compassion, to forgive and to make a place for Christ’s re-birth in our hearts. To embody what Mary’s soul magnifies: the greatness of the Lord, Joy, empowerment, blessings, mercy, justice, fulfillment.
Incarnate love is here, and it’s ours, this season – today – and tomorrow, too. Let’s unwrap it, together.