January 2, 2024

MESSAGE – Fourth Sunday of Advent – Year B – 24 December 2023

MESSAGE – Fourth Sunday of Advent – Year B – 24 December 2023

The common theme of today’s readings is God’s faithful and everlasting love for his people, us, and his desire to dwell among them and us! This is the Good News.

In 2 Samuel 7, we witness the covenant between God and David, a testament to the enduring love God has for His people. As we reflect on this covenant, we are reminded of God’s faithfulness, a love that transcends time and circumstance. God’s love for David and Israel is unconditional and unbreakable. Just as God kept God’s  promises to David, we find reassurance in the constancy of God’s love for us.

In Romans 16, we are immersed in the mystery of God’s plan for salvation, a plan that unfolds through the revelation of His love. God’s love for the Gentiles is surprising and generous. Let us, therefore, embrace this divine love and allow it to transform our lives, shaping our actions and interactions with others.

In Luke 1, we encounter the profound love displayed in the story of the Annunciation. Mary’s acceptance of God’s will with unwavering faith exemplifies the kind of love that transcends understanding. God’s love for Mary and for the world is amazing and wonderful. As we ponder the magnitude of Mary’s “yes” to God, may it inspire us to respond to His love with open hearts and willing spirits.

So, how do we apply this everlasting love in our lives today? The answer lies in our relationships—with God, with one another, and with the world around us.

 As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, let us remember the love that God has shown us, and let us show that love to others. In prayer, Rev Tania

A MERRY CHRISTMAS PRAYER: Lord, we ask You to grant us peace. Peace in our homes, peace in our churches, and peace in our hearts, especially when it feels like the world all around us spins out of control. Help us stay focused on You this Christmastime and always. Thank You for loving the whole world enough to send the greatest gift, Your Son, so we might truly have a very merry Christmas, even in a not-so-merry kind of world. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.