Sunday 2 December 2018
Week 1 Psalter. 1st Sunday of Advent.
Jeremiah 33:14-16. Psalm 24(25):4-5, 8-9, 10, 14. 1 Thessalonians 3:12 – 4:2. Luke 21:25-28, 34-36.
To you, O Lord, I lift my soul – Psalm 24(25):4-5, 8-9, 10, 14.
‘Stand erect, hold your heads high, for your liberation is at hand.’
Jesus’ message to his followers is for all times. If Jesus is with us, nothing can harm us permanently. Like Israel, as Jeremiah says, we will dwell in confidence. In God’s good time, Jesus will come to us, healing any harm we may have suffered. With Jesus on our side, what does it matter who or what is against us?
But we need to be patient, persevering in prayer, content to wait for our Advent. Dear Lord, give me courage, give me trust, take away my crippling fears, lift me up when I feel like dropping.