November 28, 2021
First Sunday of Advent
Sunday’s lection is difficult. My synopsis is below, but please look at the commentaries you have and the short commentary from the Montreal Diocese posted below. We’ll discuss the day’s reading as a whole, instead of taking just one passage.
The Jeremiah scripture opens a discussion of end times, which is a theme of the whole lectionary reading for the day. “The days are coming,” says the Lord, “when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah.”
The Psalmist looks ahead, also, applying God’s commitment personally, believing himself to be a part of that rich future in the hands of God. Vs. 1 “In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.”
In the New Testament reading, Paul commends the Thessalonians about the faith of their church, the love they have for one another. He ends with a prayer implying that their faithfulness and love will be their lasting tie with God: “May [the Lord] strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when the Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.”
Luke changes the nature of the philosophical discussion by recounting Jesus’s description of what these times might look like as they happen in the physical world. He admonishes his disciples to be aware of the physical signs of the times.
Sunday’s full lection in 3 different formats:
Commentary from the Montreal Diocese Comments