Words to Live By – First Sunday in Advent

Last Sunday, the beginning of Advent and the church’s New Year, the Gospel from Luke 21 foretold: “…On the earth, nations will be in anguish… At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” After telling the parable of the fig tree which foretells the arrival of summer with its vegetation, Jesus said: “when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near…Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with the anxieties of life.” Rev. Dr. Elizabeth said Jesus is telling us to read the times which are now not far from what Christ predicted then. We must persevere in hard times in the expectation that love will someday be the law of the land. Our duty is to respond to these signs:  To care for a planet we are destroying, to care for third world conditions in indigenous reservations, to stop shopping for gifts we don’t need and start giving. “We were created to help God bring his Kingdom to earth,” she said. “Live in hope this advent. The light has come to shatter darkness.”

 

Submitted by Patrick Gossage