Vocation is more than a fancy word for a job. Sometimes they are one and the same, but not always. A vocation is more than what we do; it is closer to who we are.
The church tries to shape our lives, so when the moment arises, we look for the light of Christ, and we listen for the winds of the Spirit.
God clothes us in garments of salvation and robes of righteousness, but sometimes those clothes are too big. We need time to grow into them.
The only question left to ask is, “How should we respond?” It is the question at the very heart of Christmas. What are we to say standing there beside the manger? What are we to do in such a holy moment?
Advent is meant to slow us down, so we can reclaim Jesus, remembering what he said, what he did, and what he thought was important. We slow down to reclaim the joy of new life, which binds us to others.
Isaiah deepens our understanding of God’s hope in the story of Christmas, where the heavens open up and God comes down, making all things new.
We are called to see Christ in others because the gospel of Matthew knows that when we see Christ in others it draws the grace of Christ out of us.
Jesus paid attention to the vulnerable, the least, and the lost. It was risky. It can feel like it threatens the refuge of our faith, but our faith challenges us as much as it comforts us.
Part of the work of the church is to teach us to listen in a world that only wants to speak.
Jesus had a different kind of list, and it sounded rather odd, requiring practice, particularly out there where life happens.