Like a thief in the night, the Lord will come on clouds in Glory. The paradox is resolved in the fact that clouds hide the light. The Gospels are littered with warnings that we might miss his coming unless we are very careful. And then we discover that Christ is already here – our task is to live in his light in the midst of the darkness, to beat the swords into ploughshares, the spears into pruning hooks. Welcome to Advent.
The Bewcastle Benefice sermon for Advent Sunday and the start of the new lectionary year (Year A) can be found here.