Devotional

For Your Reflection:

3rd SUNDAY IN ADVENT
 
The presence of the Lord “in your midst” in the wonder of the holy supper is cause for singing.  The nearness of the Lord in prayer, in every circumstance is cause for rejoicing.  The coming of one “more powerful” than John, even with his winnowing fork in his hand, is good news – and cause for exultation – for us who are being saved.  Great joy is the tone for the third Sunday of Advent.
SCRIPTURE DESCRIPTION
WEEK OF December 16, 2018
 FIRST LESSON
 
ZEPHANIAH 3:14-20
The prophet Zephaniah’s message is mostly one of judgment for sin.  This reading, however, which comes from the conclusion of the book, prophesies joy for Judah and Jerusalem.  Judgment has led to repentance, and God’s salvation is at hand.
 
SECOND LESSON
 
PHILIPPIANS 4:4-7
Despite being in prison, Paul is remarkably upbeat as he writes this letter.  Here, he urges his friends in Philippi to trust God with all their worries and concerns, with the hope they will experience God’s joy and peace.
 
THE HOLY GOSPEL
 
LUKE 3:7-18
John the Baptist heralds the mighty one “who is coming.”  John teaches that preparation for God’s reign is not a matter of identity but of bearing fruits of merciful justice, radical generosity and vocational integrity.