It is the third Sunday of Advent, we're two weeks away from Christmas. The season of Advent looks two ways. It looks backward to the first coming of Jesus into the world. It also looks forward to Jesus's second coming at the end of time.
You and I stand at the midpoint between these two great historical moments. Our job is not to just look backward to the one and forward to the other. Our job is to roll up our sleeves and complete the work Jesus gave us to do at his first coming.
What does this mean? It means building up the Kingdom of God in our world. It means filling our world with love rather than hate. It means filling our world with forgiveness rather than resentment. In short, it means building the kind of world Jesus himself would build if He were in our place.
This is the message of today's readings. It is the message that Jesus is the promised Messiah. It is the message that Jesus will come again at the end of time. It is the message that Jesus will judge us when he comes on how well we built up his kingdom here on earth.
Sincerely in Christ,