Advent and Christmas come before Ascension and Pentecost. And you’re thinking, “You’ve 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 because Advent and Christmas tell us what to expect for Ascension and Pentecost.
The promise that Jesus talks about in the first reading (Acts)? 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.