1st Sunday in Advent, Nov. 27   Read Matthew 24:36-44

from William B. Allen, Regional Minister Emeritus:

We begin the new church year (Year A in the lectionary) with a gospel reading from St. Matthew – this is the year in which we focus on Matthew’s gospel.  Our text is Mt. 24:36-44 which lifts up the major Advent theme of watchfulness, vigilance, being aware of God’s movement in our midst.


Matthew quotes Jesus: “About that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”  And he refers to those who were caught unawares when Noah’s flood came upon the earth; about workers in the field and women grinding meal who will be surprised by the activity of God.  And finally, Jesus is quoted, “Therefore you must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.”


Advent invites us on an exciting adventure – watching for the activity of God, every day, in everyone we meet, in every circumstance of life.  Have a great journey to Christmas.


Teach us watchfulness, O God, as we await the coming of the Savior.  Amen.

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