There will be signs!

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Today is the first Sunday in Advent – the four Sundays leading up to Christmas – during which time we reflect on our preparation for Christ’s comings into the world – his first coming some two thousand years ago, and his second coming some time in the future.

Today’s Gospel reading, Luke 21:25-36, presents part of Jesus’ prophecy about the future, specifically, the Day of the Lord, or the day on which he will return, aka the ‘second coming’. He opens this passage with the words, “There will be signs…”

We all look for signs – signs about our past, to explain where we come from; signs about the future, so we know where we’re going; and signs about the present, to help us make sense of our current situations. In this passage, Jesus gives us insights into all of these.

Advent is a time of going back more than 2000 years, so we can look forward to the birth of Christ, whose birthday we will celebrate in a few weeks. In those days, people were looking for signs of the long-awaited Messiah. Now, today, we are looking forward to his second coming, and looking at the signs that foretell this.

Jesus’ teaching in Luke raises both the light and dark of Jesus’ second coming, some time in the future. He cautions us about the dangers and risks of that time. And he also encourages us to be faithful during these times.

Drawing on Christ’s teaching, I suggest that he calls us – in our faith, and also in our private and public lives – to cast one eye on the future and the other on the present. I explain why he says this and why it is a useful approach for contemporary living. I argue that we should live in the present, with roots in our past and looking forward to the future.

Feature image from: https://blog.obitel-minsk.com/2017/05/orthodox-understanding-of-the-second.html

4 thoughts on “There will be signs!

  1. Genevieve Geekie says:

    Hello, dear Adrian

    Good to hear from you (and HEAR you)

    Wishing you a blessed and meaningful Advent

    Love

    Gen Geekie

    On Sun, Dec 2, 2018 at 2:37 PM Reflections of God’s Love wrote:

    > Adrian van Breda posted: “Click here to listen to this 20-minute message. > Today is the first Sunday in Advent – the four Sundays leading up to > Christmas – during which time we reflect on our preparation for Christ’s > comings into the world – his first coming some two thousand year” >

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    • Thanks Gen and blessings to you too!

      Adrian

      From: Reflections of God’s Love Sent: Monday, 03 December 2018 08:22 To: advanbreda@gmail.com Subject: [Reflections of God’s Love] Comment: “There will be signs!”

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      Genevieve Geekie commented on There will be signs!

      Click here to listen to this 20-minute message. Today is the first Sunday in Advent – the four Sundays leading up to Christmas …

      Hello, dear Adrian

      Good to hear from you (and HEAR you)

      Wishing you a blessed and meaningful Advent

      Love

      Gen Geekie

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  2. Bettie Benade says:

    Father AdrianThank u for ReflectionsAfter all these years I still miss u Bettie

    Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

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