Lord, we remember a time in our lives when disaster struck: — we lost what seemed a secure job; — we were betrayed by a spouse or a friend; — we fell again into an evil habit we thought we had finished with; — there was a sudden death in the family. We were like people in the days before the Flood — eating, drinking, taking wives, taking husbands, right up to the day when Noah went into the ark. We too suspected nothing till this terrible flood came and swept all away. We recognise now that it was a coming of the Son of Man, a moment when you showed us how vulnerable we are, but also when we felt your presence with us.
Lord , it is strange how life turns out. We remember when we were starting on our careers, with members of our family, our friends at school. Today, years after, some of us have done well and others have not — in marriage, at work, in health, in spiritual growth.
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Much of it was chance. How true it is that in life two men are working the fields, one is taken and one left; of two women at the millstone grinding, one is taken and the other is left. Lord , into your hands we commend ourselves.
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Leave that until the Lord comes. He will light up all that is hidden in the dark and reveal the secret intentions of our hearts. Lord , forgive us, church people, that we usurp your authority, presuming to pass judgement on who is fit to enter your kingdom, as if we could look at two men working in the fields and decide which will be taken and which one left, or two women at the millstone grinding and decide which will be taken and which one left.
Lord, things were going well in our church community.
We thought that we had everything under control. Then one day trouble appeared again and the community was torn apart. You had sent us Jesus to teach us that we must stay awake, like a householder who knows that there are burglars always hovering around and they can break through the wall of his house at any moment. Lord, we pray today for those who are striving for peace in countries that are torn by war. Let them work with hope, like people who know that at some hour they do not expect the Son of Man will come. Lord, help us, in our search for truth, to stay awake, never thinking that we are secure because at any time we might find that our house has been broken into, never despairing because you will show yourself at an hour we do not expect.
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Lord, we thank you that when we were foolish, irresponsible or stubborn, some people did not give up on us but stayed awake, confident that we would return at an hour they did not expect. Sisters and brothers, today is the first day of the season of Advent. But to know who Jesus is, we must recall the faith of the people who looked out for him, we must look to the writings of the Old Testament to see what they say about the promise of God to visit his people — and during these coming weeks we will read much from the prophet Isaiah; we must recall those who prepared the way for his coming — and we will recall the work of John the Baptist; and we will reflect on how the Christ comes to birth in our world through our faith and discipleship — and we will remember Mary whose faith and acceptance of the invitation of God inaugurated the whole Christian era.
Let us stop and in silence note that this moment is an important turning point in our year.
Homily notes 1. It is that for us too, but it also has a far more serious side. And, it is the Christian confession that we encounter God in his Christ. So part of our reflection in Advent is on the end-times and our encounter with the Lord when he comes again. Since the first generation of Christians there has been a core belief that the time the people of Israel spent waiting for the coming of the promised Messiah is structurally similar to the time Christians spend waiting for the return of the Lord.
Israel waiting for the first coming parallels the church waiting for the second coming. It is this logic of antetype and type that explains why we recall the waiting for the Christ in the first readings during Advent; while we then read about the Second Coming in the gospel readings in Advent. The common element between Israel and the church is that of waiting on the Christ to come; the difference is that Israel was waiting for the first coming, the church is waiting for the last coming.
What Isaiah expected the Day of the Lord to be like is what we read in the first reading. If we want to know what the judgement will be like at the Second Coming, we look to the message of the Christ in his first coming. Instead the Lord came as the re-builder of Israel, the one who brought healing, who called disciples to love God and neighbour, and established reconciliation with the Father.
This is the nature of the judgement we now wait for and proclaim. With truth we can call this, amidst the panics and fears that are always said to be on the horizon of the future, the good news.
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Not only does Brinton explain the theological basis for this ideological segregation, but he shows in View Product. Come, Follow Me Student Book. Acolytes can be much more than just cute little kids who light and extinguish the Acolytes can be much more than just cute little kids who light and extinguish the candles on Sunday morning -- they have a very important role as congregational worship leaders. But acolytes can only fulfill that responsibility if they understand Jesus tells us that a holy love is sacrificial, forgiving, and unconditional.
He knew that He knew that loving like this would not be easy, but he did promise us that if we pursued his love, our hearts, our minds, and our spirits In these nineteen Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany gospel sermons, pastors can find ways to help In these nineteen Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany gospel sermons, pastors can find ways to help expose to their congregations the truth that can transform the world: living a life that serves as light and hope.
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He then appeals to the thin tradition Our faith is not simple, our lives not easy. We experience hardships, disappointments, and heartache, We experience hardships, disappointments, and heartache, and in those moments, we long for a God that will lift us from our present-day trouble, answering our prayers with immediate urgency.