Today’s Scriptures: Lectionary selections from the Revised Common Lectionary Year C
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Today inaugurates the studies of Advent, a time of joyful anticipation of the presence of God with us through the coming of Jesus Christ. Each passage today establishes that anticipation. The Psalm, in verses 4&5, gives us the reason for this time of reflective expectation: Make me to know your ways, O Lord….” What better way to start the season with an open heart and mind. Nehemiah completes the picture by reminding us of the God of creation and the God of the people we know from the Bible. The completeness of God surrounds us: he has been with us before.
The New Testament passage from 1 Thessalonians reminds us of the reason we as Christians have the season of Advent. Christ already came to earth and left the Spirit so that we can “know his ways,” but he also promised to come again. Our duty as Christians is to be every vigilant to Christ’s actions in this world. As we begin a liturgical year and move into the Christmas season, we remember the birth of the baby, but we also anticipate the final return of the Lord.
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