I was personally stopped cold by this post in America Magazine A 12-step Advent examen on what it means ‘to be parish’. It hit me as expressing something between the cracks of first aid and systemic change.
Taking another look is particularly relevant during Advent. We journey toward the birth of Jesus.
I must admit that I never saw the connection that was hidden in plain sight. In the Eucharist, for those who believe life is changed, not ended.
The wise men and shepherds were seekers. Their lives were not filled up with themselves and their personal needs. They were open and looking for the long-awaited one.