The Gospel Lesson for the Fourth Sunday in Advent recounts the Blessed Virgin Mary’s journey to visit Elizabeth, her relative and the mother of John the Baptist. The actions and words of the two women have much to teach everyone about faith, worship, and service to God. For those facing an unexpected pregnancy the same lesson provides the “hows and whys” of a godly way forward.
Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Advent
Text: Luke 1:39-56
English translations of Ephesians 5 often encourage us to submit to one another, but how? and what does that mean? What is the Spirit of God trying to accomplish in our homes? How should modern families hear and apply these words written so long ago to people of another culture? Listen in and find out!
Jesus told a story about a rich man who gave his servants large sums of money and went away.
Two of them trusted their master and desired to please him. They worked hard and wisely and eventually doubled the money they had been given.
The other servant despised and feared the master. He buried his treasure in a safe place and gave it back when the master returned.
How the master responded to each of his servants is intended to give us a preview of how Jesus will judge our efforts. For some of his listeners it was a warning. For others it was a word of encouragement and hope.
Where is the Church to get pastors, evangelists, missionaries and others to preach the Gospel and gather believers? Jesus said, “Pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest” because when it comes to saving the peoples of the world, everything begins with God.