Rewrite our histories
The readings reflect a promise - the world is in the state of being changed. From shame, a city can now be called "Lord of our integrity". Notice how the city came to be called "Lord"? And secondly, how that city can be strong in its moral and other principles. Such city can only be rooted in God.
This is the promise of Christmas. Starting from Advent, let us start from ourselves on how we can be men and women of integrity. This can only start if we see our new world not in debauchery and drunkenness and the cares of life, but in being awake.
Our strength is the Lord and not in anything or anybody else. Secondly, we have to adhere to what he says. His teachings bring us life. third, we have to reflect him and not ourselves in daily life.
Let us start re-writing our personal histories. Let us histories not be a series of our own accomplishments. Rather, let it be a series of our personal conversion in the Lord.