St. Joseph's Episcopal Church

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Being in the NOW

Matthew 24: 36-44
Rev. Christopher Potter
December, 01 2013

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Being in the NOW

+In the name of God who promises,

the Son who delivers

and the Spirit who pushes us onward to our goal.


Taking photographs with cell phones at events instead of living in the moment.

Family member at Thanksgiving.



No one knows about that day and hour, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.


In those days, people will be eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage; two will be in the field, one will be taken, one will be left. Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left.


All of this is not what the future holds, but what is present... We are being warned, Be watchful and Be ready - not only for what may happen in the future, but what is happening to us at this moment, in this place, at this time.



Many, many things distract us from our tasks during Advent:

   Shopping for Christmas (Grey Thursday, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday)


   The season itself can distract us: Do we prepare to welcome Jesus as a little child in a manger in a stable or as the redeemer who comes like a blustery wind, stirring up our sense of peace?


Advent is celebrating the God who is always doing something new;

   Showing up unexpectedly under the mask of poverty and homelessness

   Beckoning us to reflective silence to be seduced by Gods indiscriminate love?

   Challenging our perceptions that change food into Bread from Heaven.


Advent is the season to recognize Emmanuel -

God in us.

God with us.

God in the mess of things.

Our hope.

Our future.


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