A Moment before the Baptism of the Lord

There’s the pop culture version of Christmas (Christmas!!).  And there’s the Church’s version of Christmas (Christmas!!).  Either way, there’s nothing like Christmas (Christmas!!). 

In the middle of all of the awesome that is Christmas, it’s easy to lose track of what led up to Christmas.  Advent.  It’s not just waiting for Christmas. 

Advent is really about the reason for Christmas.  And about what happens after Christmas.  Which is why the readings for Sunday are a throwback to Advent. 

And why Sunday’s Gospel (Luke) shows us just what John meant about the one who would come after him.