The new church year begins with a wake-up call: Christ is coming soon! In Sunday’s readings both Paul and Jesus challenge us to wake from sleep, for we know neither the day nor hour of the Lord’s coming. Though we vigilantly watch for the promised day of salvation, we wait for what we already have: Christ comes among us this day as the word and meal that strengthens our faith in the promises of God. So this Advent, in our efforts to “Be the Manger” we hear the call to be ready. Be ready in heart, mind, and spirit to welcome Christ once again into our lives and into the world.