We return again to the world through the eyes of Mary. Now, we are 12 years in the future, and her search for the boy Jesus teaches us something about our own search for Jesus.
"A light shines in the darkness..."
The Christmas message reminds us that, in the birth of Christ, something powerful is occuring: God is setting the center at the edge. God reminds us that God is at work in all places in our world, but particularly at the edges: in our pain and suffering, amidst those who are struggling and those whom society has cast aside. God is at work at the edge of life.
Today, we take a look at the world through the eyes of Mary. What did this birth mean to her? How might this birth change the world?
In this sermon for the 3rd Sunday of Advent, we hear John the Baptist's call for repentance, and look at what that call means for our lives today.
God's message is for all flesh, regardless of who you are. It's not just for the best or the richest, but ALL flesh.
In our first Sunday of the Advent season, we hear an apocalyptic text (or a text about the end of time) from Luke's gospel. More than just a text of pain and destruction, this text also reminds us that Christ comes to us again and again in the unexpected times of life, in every painful moment that we go through. And, in the midst of it all, God is there, rebuilding and restoring life from the ashes.
Where does worry lead us to in life? It leads us further and further into ourselves, and away from our care for others. On this day of Thanksgiving, we are called to not worry about everything in life, but to trust in God's love and care, and open ourselves up to the care of others in our world.
What does it mean for Christ to be king? We reflect on this title of Christ and what it means for our lives and world today.