First Sunday of Advent

(Inclusive Lectionary- Jeremiah 33: 14-16 / Psalm 25 / 1 Thessalonians 3: 12-4: 2 / Luke 21:25-28, 34-36)

As we enter again into another season of Advent, we are reminded how we are made righteous in the sight of the Lord. God watches over all of us, ever keeping his promises and blessings towards us. God has made all that is possible for us as children of God to enjoy the bounty of what God has provided. Pureness of heart and integrity is God’s way. God wishes that for us as well. However, I believe that God does not pressure us. Life has its own problems and challenges and we often face life on life’s term. The God of our being has justified us in a spiritual sense I dare to ask myself, “Am I then presentable and have I justified myself to the Lord?”

The other day someone said to me that they were embarrassed to say that they were a Christian. The person believed that Christians today do not follow Jesus example, but follow their Pastor instead. After some time of pondering what they said, I realized that the person was right. This person was not denying her faith or the path she chose to follow God, but questioned the actions some of her fellow sisters and brothers who called themselves Christians were exhibiting.   Although we all come from different backgrounds and may have different opinions we must have love and respect for each other and be centered in God.

Yes in order to grow spiritually there are times when we should question and challenge one another.

“The days are surely coming, says the Lord”. We are truly living a life where we strive for love, not romantic love, but the love of God.  This love leads us to holiness.  We then become gifts to God. We become the righteous branch by how we live. Our actions tell us and others how we and others are Christian. This is our Advent rising as we journey again giving up all that possesses us and keeps us from God. Maybe if we aren’t, then we should be mindful of God’s willingness to forgive and hold to the fact that the need to humble ourselves before God and each other is what God instructs us to do.

I have always wondered why some movie film makers show the sequel first of a movie and then show the prequel of the movie a few years later. I guess seeing the sequel first shows us the experiences of the characters, the life choices they make and the consequences of their choices either positive or negative.  The prequel helps us to see their beginnings and makes it clear to the viewer the road the character began on.

Sisters and Brothers, then we should be vigilant to what is expected of us. We must then be on guard, unless we find ourselves falling short of the mark. Let us continue to work on new beginnings, starting fresh each and every day working toward the glorious ending.

Come Lord Jesus Come!


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