The joy of Advent and Christ’s first coming

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Everything seems to happen at once, my road tax is up for renewal, MOT in January and this week I had to get the car serviced. The easy part was leaving the car in the garage; as usual I’m in the dark ages when confronted by anything technical so what happened next would make my mother look like a Trekkie.

Everything seems to happen at once, my road tax is up for renewal, MOT in January and this week I had to get the car serviced. The easy part was leaving the car in the garage; as usual I’m in the dark ages when confronted by anything technical so what happened next would make my mother look like a Trekkie.

Needing wheels I was provided with a courtesy car, a 2014 model, six years more advanced than mine. Knowing my motoring knowledge the service manager gave a brief tutorial on how to manage the touch screen controls and switched on the heating. Trying to take in all the instructions I turned the key and put the car in gear. then looked for the hand brake, it was non-existent. Instead there was a button where the hand brake should have been.

In the meantime the heating had transformed the car into a sauna. I didn’t know if in the heat I was shrinking but I couldn’t see over the steering wheel. All I needed now was to discover the radio was stuck on a Country and Western channel and I’d be on the road trip from hell. I was able to release the hand brake more by good fortune than know how. I had to press one of the petals after pushing the button down to allow the car to move. After adjusting the seat, working out the controls for the furnace like heating I was ready for the road. During the course of the morning I had to attend a wake and unfortunately I couldn’t get parked anywhere close to the house. Going down a side street I parked in the first available space. After pressing the hand brake I jumped out of the car and noticed I had parked on a hill. I looked at the hill then glanced back at the plastic button holding the half ton car and started to pray.

As we begin a new Church year again we take stock of what has passed, bid farewell to the old and prepare to embrace the new. ife moves at such a pace it’s easy to feel swamped and overwhelmed by all the changes. As we journey through the season of Advent were reflect on what Christ’s first coming means for the world. Being born on the margins into poverty, God’s Son enters the same struggles and turmoils which afflict all of us throughout life. In Jesus, God is beginning something very new, no longer does he sent messengers or prophets, now is the time when he sends his only begotten Son to lead God’s children back to the Father. The drama which unfolds is so new and radical, most people find it hard to accept Jesus, identity and his message. At times when we’re challenged to move beyond our old ways, we find it difficult to cope with the new landscape where God leads us. Advent is the season to pray for the courage to be open to the new hope which God proclaims to all people.