With The Rev. Matthew Addington
Advent I Reflection
Hello, I am Father Matt Addington. I am one of the priests here at Saint Francis Episcopal Church and I want to welcome you to the first Friday in Advent.
Each Friday in Advent we will be offering a very brief reflection for you. We hope that you take this time to sit and be present during this Advent season.
Our first reflection comes from the Gospel of Luke, our Gospel reading from Sunday. Jesus said, there will be signs in the sun, the moon, the stars, and on the earth. Distress among the nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world. These things will happen, Jesus says. However, Jesus also says, when we see these signs taking place to stand up, to raise our heads because our redemption is drawing near.
My friends, we are living in a time of extraordinary distress and confusion. When we think about how many lives have been lost to the pandemic, how unfair our systems are to women, people of color, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ community and so many others. How easy it is to let the daily grind distract us from the pain and inequality all around. It's enough that it can make us feel numb and can allow us to enter into a place of darkness, a place of despair. Our Gospel reading calls us to stand up. Jesus says, raise your heads and believe deep down in our bones that redemption is coming.
We have heard it said that the night is always the darkest right before dawn. If that is true, that allows us the freedom to know that we don't have to solve it all. We don't have to fix everything. We can do just a little bit of good right before the dawn, right before the breaking of light, into the world. We can take part in God's work with humble, simple, and clear hearts. During this advent season may we know that less is more and thanks be to God that our redemption is drawing near.
Would you pray with me? Loving God, turn our despair into hope, our apathy into action. Give us humble strong hearts to act in simple and beautiful ways. Always rejoicing in your redemption drawing near. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
On this day in Advent, may you be safe, and may you be well. May you know the blessing of God wherever you find yourself this day and in the days to come. Amen.
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