In this sermon based on the Christmas readings from Luke, I reflect on What Really Matters. Through various stories regarding Christmas gifts of exchanging Toblerone bars and the Ice Storms in Ontario, we often need to analyze this question, and it's Christmas time that can make it so clear to us in God's action with the Divine Child.
In this sermon that reflects on Jame 5: 7-10, I find a lot of inspirations from an article written my Fr. James Martin. (http://www.americamagazine.org/issue/have-faith-joy) In it he asserts that Christian joy is not without sadness and suffering. He then defines Christian joy is being permanently connected to God in relationship. This week also saw the memorial service for Nelson Mandela and all his Joyous triumphs were celebrated. A perfect example of Joy after being 'patient in suffering', while strengthening the heart!
In the apocalyptic text from Matthew 24:36-44 it's easy to assume that the reading deals with the 'wrath of God' or referring to when we die. Perhaps it's not either and the images of being swept away refers to the power of God's love in our lives. As we prepare for Christmas this Advent season, please enjoy listening to this and ponder with me moments when you have been swept away by a moment of grace and how it's prepared your heart for other good to come.
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