Year A - Advent 1 - Needed Change 
December 1, 2013
The New Community Bible comments: “It is a fact that true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth (Jn 4:21), but they are still flesh and blood and God often waits for them at the end of a march without which their effort would not have been a real one.”
We do affirm the engagement of our bodies in life. Direct action is not just a social change tactic, but one of living life to the full. We engage in spirit, truth, flesh, blood, and more. Taking any of them away leads us to an ending with a whimper, not a bang. To find your engagement in life is finding a spoonful of Mary Poppins' medicine—it helps every aspect of life when there are expected and unexpected consequences in an unfated universe.
Shifting Advent to a waiting game that we will win or lose “at the end of a march” is to denigrate the communal nature of creation and its impetus to call out “Let it be”.