Sin is the problem. Watching for Jesus who saves is the solution. And so Advent begins. Come, Lord Jesus.
One phrase from the gospel that comes up more than a few times is the admonition to be watchful. Be aware. Be awake. See things as they are. Keep your eyes out for Jesus. The presence of God is always in our midst, though sometimes we fail to see it. It can be for many reasons. We may not see God because of the hustle and bustle of our lives. We may have too many distractions in our lives. We may not train our minds and souls and hearts to see God. But God is always around us. And all we need to do is the watch and be ready.