Sermon, Advent, Advent 1C, Future, Impossible, Luke 21:25-36, John Caputo

The Unforeseeable Future – An Advent Sermon On Luke 21:25-36

In today’s gospel Jesus speaks of the “‘Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory.” I think that’s a metaphor for the future. I’ve recently begun to think of Advent as the coming of our future, and a time when we prepare, as best we can, if we can, for that future. 

What comes up for you when you look toward or think about your future? How do you live with a future that is unforeseeable? Continue reading The Unforeseeable Future – An Advent Sermon On Luke 21:25-36

Sermon, Advent, Advent 1C, Signs, Luke 21:25-36

There Will Be Signs – An Advent Sermon on Luke 21:25-36

“There will be signs,” Jesus said (from the gospel for the First Sunday of Advent, Luke 21:25-36). When I was a child one of the signs I always looked forward to was my Advent calendar. Every year about this time my sister and I were given a new Advent calendar. It was usually a beautiful picture that had a bunch of little numbered doors, one … Continue reading There Will Be Signs – An Advent Sermon on Luke 21:25-36

When Our World Ends

I don’t know when the world will end but I could tell you stories about when my worlds have ended. They would be stories of loss and grief, stories of disappointment and failure, stories of broken relationships, stories of sin and guilt, stories of shattered dreams and hopes, stories of when life seemed empty and bereft of meaning. I’ll bet you could tell similar stories about the days your worlds ended. We all have them.

Every day the world ends for someone. I don’t mean their physical death but that the physical, emotional, or spiritual environment in which they live is destroyed, the web of their relationships is torn, and their world seems barren and desolate.

Sometimes these stories are public. We read and hear about them in the news. The world has ended and continues to end for the people of Syria. In some way Governor Romney’s world ended with the results of this year’s election. Hurricane Sandy has left many with end of the world stories. Other times the ending of our world is a secret kept in the depths of our heart, known only to God and our selves.

The end of the world is your story and my story. It’s the story of every generation and today it is the gospel story. It is a story of cosmic proportions, involving the sun, moon, and stars, the roaring of the seas and the waves. It is enough to shake the powers of heaven. Continue reading “When Our World Ends”

Sermon for Advent 1C – Faithfulness Not Forecasting

The collect and readings for yesterday, the First Sunday of Advent, may be found here. The appointed gospel was Luke 21:25-36. 25“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. 26People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for … Continue reading Sermon for Advent 1C – Faithfulness Not Forecasting