“In Those Days….” – A Sermon on Mark 13:24-37, Advent 1B

The collect and readings for the First Sunday in Advent, Year B, may be found here. The following sermon focuses on Mark 13:24-37. “In those days….” So begins our entry into the Season of Advent. It sounds ominous and it…

The Final Work of Advent

“Now the birth of Jesus took place in this way….” (Matthew 1:18-25) Matthew's description of how the birth happens does not mention anything that is on my to-do list. So maybe the real work, the final work of Advent, is to…

Advent 4C – Greeting our Coming Salvation

Every year on the last Sunday of Advent, the Sunday before the Nativity, the lectionary presents us with a gospel concerning the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is the Church’s reminder that the time of our salvation is approaching. In those…

Sermon for Advent 3C – Do the Next Right Thing

The collect and readings for today, the Third Sunday of Advent, may be found here. The gospel appointed for today is the Luke 3:7-18. John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of…

Sermon For Advent 2C

The collect and readings for yesterday, the Second Sunday of Advent may be found here. The appointed gospel was Luke 3:1-6. In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod…

Some Thoughts On Repentance

John the Baptist went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. (Luke 3:3) Repentance … is as much or more about our heart as it is about our actions. is…

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…

The Season of Advent – Holy Waiting and Watching

A new liturgical year begins this coming Sunday, November 29, 2009, with the First Sunday of Advent. The Season of Advent consists of the four Sundays before Christmas. The liturgical color for Advent is purple or sometimes blue. We will…

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