The Peace Pulpit: We might think first of all of the coming of Jesus at his birth in Bethlehem, but that's not really what this season is about.
The Peace Pulpit
You’re aware, I’m sure, that the word Advent means coming and during this season, we’re celebrating a coming of God into our midst in a very powerful and special way. First of all, we’re looking forward to celebrate the coming of Jesus that happened 2,000 years ago when the Son of God became part of human history, became a human just like us in every way except sin.
The Peace Pulpit: We cannot think of Jesus in terms of what we ordinarily think of as king, ruler or someone who is dominant. His was the Reign of God.
The Peace Pulpit: There's a vision of the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. This is not a prediction -- it's a proclamation of hope.
This morning’s Scriptures give us some extraordinary examples of generosity and sharing of goods. Both the first lesson and the Gospel lesson give us the example of the poor, even the poorest of the poor, sharing everything they have. That widow from Zarepheth who is encountered by Elijah asking her for food tells him, “This is all I have, the last cup of flour and this little bit of oil. When I bake the bread and my son and I eat it, we will die.”
The Peace Pulpit: We experience the love of God when we understand that we would not exist if God did not love us and sustain us every instant of our existence
The Peace Pulpit: Fifty years ago, the United States faced the Cuban Missile Crisis. What do that and Jesus' words have in common?
The Peace Pulpit: We must enter into a deeper union with Jesus and try to be more like him in everything we are, everything we do, and become the servant of all out of love.
The Peace Pulpit: Does Jesus really expect us to give up everything to follow him? No, but he says all your excess belongs to those in need.
The Peace Pulpit: Humans not meant to be alone. But love -- giving all that we have -- can be an immensely hard (though rewarding) task.