Mark 13:24-37, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9

What an odd text for people getting ready for Christmas.  What’s with all this scary language?  We can’t schedule the loss of the sun and the shaking of the powers of the heavens.  Don’t you know this is Christmas season? We go from Thanksgiving, a national holiday, to Christmas as if Advent doesn’t matter.  Maybe the wakeup call from Jesus isn’t so crazy after all. After all, if Jesus says, “Wake up,” a sleepy church should take notice.