Advent and Christmas come before Ascension and Pentecost.
And you’re thinking, “You’ve really got that whole calendar thing down. I bet you can tie your own shoes too.”
No, really. Advent and Christmas come before Ascension and Pentecost - not just in the sense that December comes before May. But in the sense that Advent and Christmas tell us what to expect for Ascension and Pentecost.
The promise that Jesus talks about in Sunday’s first reading? Think of all the John the Baptist readings back in Advent. It’s what John the Baptist said the one coming after him would do.
Why bring it up now?
Because it’s about to happen.
More on this tomorrow.