Perhaps the hardest part about the Gospel lesson for Advent 3, Year C, is that JBap reminds us that we, like all those who have done this humanity thing before, are broken. It is not a fun reminder any time of year, least so here during the holidays.
Yesterday on Episcopal Cafe, Sam Candler, Dean of St. Philips’ Cathedral in Atlanta wrote a piece on Advent, Leonard Cohen’s classic “Hallelujah” and the difficult reminder of our brokenness. Here’s a part:
“The season itself is broken, isn’t it? We don’t know whether we are supposed to be still lingering over Thanksgiving, or being joyful, or refraining from singing Christmas carols because it’s not really Christmas yet. Are we supposed to be happy now, or preparing for something else? We don’t know.”
Read it all here.
When I shared this article on Facebook yesterday, a friend responded with the link to Leonard Cohen singing “Hallelujah” live. Talk about art emulating life, this version is broken. Cohen is almost painful to listen to as he, himself a broken man, sings a broken word of praise.
Candler goes on to write, “So, don’t be afraid if (sic) something breaks this Advent, of even if you break something. That brokenness can be an occasion for holiness. It can be an occasion to sing Hallelujah.” It is good advice as John reminds us of our brokenness. It isn’t a bad thing, us being broken, in fact, it is the reason that God came to earth. Our brokenness serves as a reminder that God loves us so much that he got down and dirty, himself broken on a cross, to redeem us. That, I’m certain, is worth a word of praise.