Happy Church New Year and welcome to Year C of our Eucharistic Lectionary and to Year 2 of our Daily Office.
Eucharistic Readings for the First Sunday in Advent: Year C
Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25:1-9; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” (Luke 21:33)
Our Lord Jesus informs us that this fragile earth, our island home, will pass away. This earth is our spaceship of life as we know it now. But we have an invitation to board the Love ship of God.
Just like everything that we design and make, eventually breaks down, so too God has engineered an Escaton Day (End of Days) wherein creation as we know it, ends. The only thing that continues to have life is the Word of Christ.
We can live in His Eternal Word. But it requires some effort on our part. First and foremost, we must simply believe the words of our Lord Jesus. All three of the Synoptic Gospel accounts has an “End of Days” revelation. The John account has its own Revelation that closes our Bible.
With our belief, we must put forth action. We must live lives of service to others modeling our love for our neighbor, regardless of their beliefs or unbelief. We are to love them, not judge them. This is a tough calling. Christianity is not for the faint of heart. We know that we will individually pass away. Now we are informed that this earth, this planet we live on and that provides for us, will also pass away. Now is our opportunity to adjust to the love-life of Christ Jesus and his words for us, which are eternal and will never, never, never pass away. Advent is a time of expectation. Let us look for Christ to come.
As we listen to what the Spirit is saying to us, let us live to love, to serve, and to teach, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John