Matthew 24:42 - 51
Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.
Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into.
So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.
"Who, then, is the faithful and prudent servant, whom the master has put in charge of his household to distribute to them their food at the proper time?
Blessed is that servant whom his master on his arrival finds doing so.
Amen, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property.
But if that wicked servant says to himself, 'My master is long delayed,'
and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eat and drink with drunkards,
the servant's master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour
and will punish him severely and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
Let's be honest. Most of us are asleep. We haven't got a clue. We believe all the propaganda on the TV, and the assumptions of a corrupt society. We, dear friends, as a society, have lost our souls. We torture people, we kill people in foreign lands, we have made greed a virtue, and shopping our new religious ritual. We express contempt and disdain for the poor, the immigrant, the sick, the imprisoned. We are destroying our environment and Mother Nature is rebelling as we continue to buy products advertised on hate talk TV and radio shows where the hosts call our concern for the environment a liberal mental disorder.
Most are asleep but some are awake, and at this time of advent we become even more expectant than usual that better days are yet to come. Not better days in terms of material wealth, but better days in terms of spiritual health. For Jesus said that the way to the Kingdom "is to love as I have loved."
You can tell the ones awake because they live the Sermon on the Mount. There are not many, but there are a few. We UUs who are awake and other people of good will celebrate this season as a reminder to ourselves and others that our better selves are yet to be borne and developed.
We enter into a joyous season where the love of one another and the world becomes a hope and to some extent a reality.