Today is the first Sunday in the season of Advent, a season which sees us frantically gift buying, feast preparing, travel planning and house cleaning in preparation for a holiday which, somewhere in the back of our head we know has something to do with religion, but we are not sure.
We have heard a cutesy fairy tale about a baby born in a manager to a unmarried couple surrounded by farm animals and shepherds and highlighted by a bright spotlighting star. We know, we think, that the baby’s name was Jesus, we think his family name was Christ, his father a carpenter, and as he grew up he became a bother to the more respectable members of society and ended up on the wrong side of the law. We know there’s more to the story, but does it really matter, and is this what Advent is all about?
Well, in short, yes and no. Click on the link on the left hand side for more…..