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What do you say at the turn of a millennium? What do you say to propose a toast at Jesus' 2,000th birthday party?
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John the Baptist tries to prepare the way for Jesus by calling people to repentance: "Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near." Whatever else that means, it includes the idea that one of the best ways we can prepare for Christmas is by making a good, honest, searing Confession. To repent means to confess our sins.
In our longing we intuit the kingdom of God. Our desires and our daydreams point us towards heaven. How so?
There are two classical concepts of perfection, one Greek and the other Hebrew. In the Greek ideal, to be perfect is to have no deficiencies, no faults, no flaws. Perfection, to the Greek mind, means to measure up to some ideal standard, to be completely whole, true, good and beautiful. To be perfect then is never to sin.