Advent IV

Sermon for Advent IV

Advent IV – 24.12.17

Last Sunday we thought upon a few words from Matthew’s Gospel. He, Matthew, has Our Lord saying to many people, “What went you out in the wilderness for to see?” Jesus speaks of John Baptist – and further asks, “Did you go to see a prophet?” Yea, I say unto you, “More than a prophet”.

We, on the thresh-hold of Christmas, ask ourselves, “What is it that we look for at Christmas?” We know of old that in former years there was a certain excitement in the air – certainly as children – there was a greater awareness of family life – of a closeness – expressed with gifts for each other – of love for each other – realising something of the truth that it is more blessed to give than to receive.

What we look for is in measure of memories, of what obtained in those earlier years and which perhaps obtain still. They certainly are not shallow memories, but we are called to yet deeper things – things of Our Lord divine and human.

These following words we shall hear tomorrow – but tomorrow somewhat differently.

“In earlier years God has spoken to us in fragmentary and varied fashion through the prophets. But in these latter days he has spoken to us in the Son whom he has made heir to the whole universe, and through whom he created all orders of existence: the Son who is the effulgence of God’s splendour and the stamp of God’s very being, and sustains the universe by his word of power. When he had brought about the purgation of sins, he took his seat at the right hand of Majesty on high, raised as far above the angels, as the title he has inherited, is superior to their’s.”

God never said to any angel, “Thou art my Son. Today have I begotten thee”.

Not to any angel – but he has spoken these words to us. Hence the mystery of our calling. Secretly we know we cannot have rest – we cannot have peace, until we know more.

So it is. On the thresh-hold of Christmas we keep, as it were, our foot in the door.

© Br George Linnegar