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This is the 8th in a series of daily Advent reflections based on the RCL Daily Eucharist and RCL Sunday Eucharist. To see the other posts in this series click on the Advent Reflections link above, or in the right-hand sidebar under categories.

First some fun images of Canada Geese gathering in Winnipeg, Canada and preparing for the long migration south for the winter. I threw in a few ducks too.

Good Morning  - any food?

Good Morning – any food?

This is my better side

This is my better side

Stepping out today

Stepping out today

I've got my eye on you, camera boy!

I’ve got my eye on you, camera boy!

You have such lovely eyes, but - you seem to have something stuck in your beak...

You have such lovely eyes, but – you seem to have something stuck in your beak…

There's some good stuff under all these leaves.

There’s some good stuff under all these leaves.

Just thinking about that long flight south, kinda gives you goose bumps

Just thinking about that long flight south, kinda gives you goose bumps

Now for a few ducks

I feel just ducky today

I feel just ducky today

Thinking about a snack

Thinking about a snack

Its hard getting green

Its hard getting green

Gotta take care of those feathers

Gotta take care of those feathers

Today’s reading is Luke 3:1-6 (click on the link to read the biblical text)

This short excerpt from Luke is about the appearance of John the Baptist in the regions around the River Jordan, “proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins…”(Luke 3:3). John was telling the people that they needed to hurry and get ready for the coming of the long awaited Messiah.  He was telling them that they needed to be cleansed by baptism and to repent so that they would be ready to receive God’s anointed one.

Repentance doesn’t just mean being sorry for what we may have said or done – it means turning right around, turning our backs on our old ways.  John’s call to repentance was an urgent one, now was the time to get ready.

Advent is the season during which we give special attention to our waiting for the return of Christ who will bring the new age to completion, just as he promised.  Jesus instructed all who would listen, to get ready, be alert and prepared, as no one knew the day or the hour when this would happen.  So we need to treat today as the day when this could very well occur.  This is urgent. But, that’s hard to do – its hard to believe the Lord will really come soon; its sometimes hard to even want this to happen quickly.  Because I know I’m not ready! And if I am honest, I am not sure I really want to make the changes in my life I know I should.  This is where faith and trust in the love and forgiveness of God is so important.  I know I will never be worthy on my own, but in Christ I can be made worthy.  The Good News!

So unlike the geese who are preparing for their leaving – we need to prepare for an arrival.   The most important arrival imaginable (or even unimaginable).

How should I prepare for this?  I like the idea expressed in the “Advent in 2 Minutes” video clip (see Advent Reflections 5), that I am receiving Christ into my own home – my own being. So Advent is a time for me to do some spring cleaning to be ready for this extra-ordinary guest.   Need a broom?

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