Refelction from Fr. Taylor: November 27, 2016, 1st Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 2:1-5; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:37-44

Today is the fist Sunday of Advent, the beginning of a new church year.

It may be hard for us to think of today as a new year because it comes before the calendar new year on January 1st.  But we have to remember what Advent is all about.  It is a longing, waiting for in hope and trust, getting ready for the celebration of the greatest beginning of all, the coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ among us in the person of Jesus.  Amidst all of the celebrations before the holidays we have to remember the whole reason for this season.

In the midst of sadness and disappointment we are called to be people of hope.  All of God’s prophets knew this and so they proclaimed that a new day would be coming, but at the same time a new day can’t come unless we usher it in. We do so by the good works that we do in affirming life is always worth living in the spite of its many obstacles. We pray this season that the Lord will help us overflow with love for one another.

It is not easy to be hopeful today, just listing to the news can tempt one to despair. But during this holiday season we know what it’s all about. We have to get past all the shopping and parties and remember that we are preparing for a new year in God’s name. In an unpredictable and often harsh world God assures us of His love and care, and in the midst of all our vulnerability God comes as the most vulnerable of all , a newborn child. We can raise our heads. Our redemption is near.

We live in faith, hope, and trust, and God will use us to make this world a better place.

 

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