A week is a long time in politics, they say. In our hectic world, a week is a long time, period. We forget what happened in our anxiety to keep up with the frenetic pace of events, many of which hardly concern us, are superficial and evanescent, but have the glow of novelty.
So when we face another Christmas and are reminded that Jesus is the reason for the season, we have to undertake a significant shift in mental activity to realign ourselves behind the coming of Christ in the midst of the manufactured world of advertisement for perfume, alcoholic beverages and Carnival fetes.
Maybe it would be more reasonable to see Advent as a moment when once again we are brought up short by the fact that God became human and spent a lifetime among us. Not merely as a historical fact, but as an event which had and continues to have profound implications for the conduct of human relations.