Our gaunt patron of sailors has become an overweight, jolly fellow created by Montgomery Wards. Our ‘nativity Lent’ has been preceded by ‘Black Friday’ which is supposed to help fix our economic woes (they are in the black while shoppers bleed more red).
I suppose it is a good thing that Advent coexists with the ‘holiday season.’ It is quite fitting and quite humbling to see our worst in print, advertising, billboards and everywhere else one may care to look. The season of Scrooge belongs right next to the (second and first) coming of Jesus, and the dusty prophet who paved Jesus’ way–that way our need of transformation and repentence is right there on the table. Kyrie Eleison!