“Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand! Repent.” John was trying to jar people out of their beds of apathy and complacency by his message. He was trying to get them to prepare for an event that they never dreamed to be possible. The very Son of God was about to enter history and be born as a baby-not dressed in silk pajamas and lying on a bed of gold, but dressed in swaddling clothes and lying in a manager. This is the message of our readings for the Second Sunday of Advent. This is what we celebrate in the Eucharist. We pray that the simple words of John, “Repent!” will jar us from our beds of apathy and complacency. We pray that the simple words of John will jar us into realizing that it is, indeed, two minutes to midnight. We pray that we will repent, for the Kingdom of God, is, indeed, at hand.