December 2, 2012 Lectionary reflection

Melissa Engle/MCC

Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach reflects on the lectionary passages for the first Sunday of Advent.

Driven by our commercial society, it is easy to turn Advent into a month-long celebration of Christmas, filled with feel-good images of holly wreaths, cherubic angels and a sweet baby Jesus.

Why, then, does this Gospel text appear here, with all of its uncomfortable images of “fear and foreboding” and “praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place” (Luke 21:26, 36)?

Read the entire  reflection here.

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