Happy New Year

Morning light on poinsettias

Morning light on poinsettias

The Liturgical year, that is.  Today things start all over. Again.  What a refreshing, cleansing event.

We prepare for the birth of our Lord, our Salvation.  Called for from ancient times, the Messiah is to be born in humility. The Son of Man, Word made Flesh, King of Kings.

I think poinsettias are such worthy symbols of the season.  Their vibrant red contrasts with the monochrome of winter, making them stand out in the crowd and giving us hope. In a world as troubled as ours, where hope is in short supply, even the sight of a single red leaf against the bleakness of a frozen landscape foreshadows the coming of great things beyond our imagination. That would be the coming of Jesus Christ.

Today’s reading from Lauds says this so well:”  And do this because you know the time; it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep. For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed;ithe night is advanced, the day is at hand. Let us then throw off the works of darkness [and] put on the armor of light;jlet us conduct ourselves properly as in the day,* not in orgies and drunkenness, not in promiscuity and licentiousness, not in rivalry and jealousy.kBut put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the flesh.”

Wear your armor of light today, and throughout this Advent.  Praise be our Lord!

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