“Snooze” by Brian Flanagan, Fiat Ventures

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First Sunday of Advent

I don’t know about you, but I love tapping ‘snooze’ in the morning.  It’s the best.  Sometimes I intentionally set the first alarm 15 minutes or so before I need to really get up, just so I can keep hitting snooze.  But there are certain days I have to get up earlier than normal – let’s say I’m picking up a friend from the airport and they land at 6am.  When the alarm goes off at 5am, I turn it off and hop right out of bed.  If there’s something important going on early, I have no problem waking up.  But for the average day, I’m all about the snooze button.

This Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent, and if you’ve ever taken a closer look at the readings in early Advent, you’ll notice that they’re not quite Christmassy yet.  The early part of Advent focuses on the Second Coming of Christ (and also all the ways he comes to us in our everyday life).  And the message is simple; be ready.  Now. 

In the second reading from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans, he writes, “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; the night is advanced, the day is at hand.”  So what St. Paul is saying is basically, “don’t hit the snooze button in your spiritual life.”

But ah, that sweet, sweet snooze button.  Maybe you’re thinking, “I know, I know, I need to pray more.  Tomorrow I’m going to start a new habit and take some time every night to reflect on my day to see where God was working, and to pray for the people in my life.  Actually tomorrow probably won’t be a good day to start that, I’ll be pretty tired after a long day and watching some Disney + sounds good.  I’ll wait until Sunday.  Start fresh with a new week.  <fast forward> Whoops, missed Sunday.  Well this week is pretty much shot then, I’ll wait til the following week.  <fast forward> Okay January 1st, I’m turning over a new leaf. <fast forward> Okay, Lent is going to be huge this year.  I’m going to go all out.”

St. Paul is not impressed.  He would say, “Bud, pretend you’re picking up a friend from the airport.  What kind of friend are you if you don’t get out of bed right now, grab your coffee and keys, and get in the car?  Are you really going to let your friend contemplate getting an Uber instead of waiting for you?  It is the hour NOW for you to awake from sleep.”

So whether you’re reading this leading up to the First Sunday of Advent, reading it a few days or weeks into it, or you stumbled upon this blog sometime in the middle of June, forget about picking a nice clean start time to recommit to your spiritual life.  Let’s do it now!  And as the great poet said, “You snooze, you lose.”

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