Advent 1st Sunday: Year C

Advent 1st Sunday: Year C  [02DEC12]

Theme for week 1—Waiting & Hope

Readings: Psalm 25:1-9 Jeremiah 33:14-16 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 Luke 21:25-36

“Show me the right path, O LORD;

All day long I put my hope in you.” Ps. 25:4-5

Advent is in many ways the most beautiful and profound time of the Christian year. Advent means “coming,” and the season is about our waiting for the most mysterious and wonderful coming of all, into the heart of our lives, our needy lives. The words of St. Paul are relevant: “It is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light” (Romans 13:11-12). So over and over, from the heart of the Christian people, and down through the centuries, the prayer has gone up: “Show us, Lord, your steadfast love, and grant us your salvation” and “Come, Lord, and bring us peace. Let us rejoice before you with sincere hearts.” We can pray now: “Lord help us to wait, with patience, with longing, for your coming—your coming into our poor lives. As once your people waited, and you came in our midst as a child to be among us—so help us now to wait, hope, and love what we wait for: your coming, and your peace.” (From Sacred Space: The Prayer Book 2013)

“Watch Out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware. Keep alert at all times—and pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21)

Jesus makes an important point with his teaching from Luke 21, the day of redemption draws near. Surely ass he has promised, he will come with all power and glory…again. We should live as people waiting for what is sure—living alert and living wisely—living as if each minute matters. Waiting…watching…hoping in and for his return.

“Show me the right path, O LORD;

All day long I put my hope in you.” Ps. 25:4-5

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility: that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer)

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