Faith Daily | 18 December 2021
PRAYER of the DAY - Advent Three APBA p 468
you have made us and all things to serve you:
come quickly to save us,
so that wars and violence shall end
and your children may live in peace,
honouring one another with justice and love;
through Jesus Christ, your Son our Lord,
who lives with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
GOSPEL for the Day: Matthew 28: 16-20
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. 18And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’
GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by: Rev’d Jan
I had allocated this day to an “Advent reflection” from yours truly…. And so then, of course, I needed to choose a Gospel passage.
Why this one?
I have found over and over, this Advent, saying and reflecting… that Advent is all about trusting God’s promises.
The prophets we hear in this season – Isaiah, Micah, Jeremiah, Malachi, Zephaniah …. All believed the promise of the Messiah to come as conveyed to them by God. The people of Israel believed the promise also, and kept the hope alive for the hundreds of years until he arrived.
John the Baptist believed in God’s call to prepare the way for the Messiah.
Mary believed in God’s angel in the promise she was carrying the child of God.
Joseph trusted God’s promise that everything would be alright, he needed to care for Mary.
The Shepherds believed in the promise of the angels that something remarkable had happened in Bethlehem.
The star of Christmas always points to the most significant promise of God – I love you so much I will come to be one of you. I love you so much I will always be with you.
What promise do we each bring to God this Christmas?
FINAL PRAYER: TiS 281 “When God almighty came to be one of us” ME Hewlett
When God almighty came to be one with us,
masking the glory of his golden train,
dozens of plain things shared the experience,
and they will never be the same again.
Sing all you midwives, dance all the carpenters,
sing all the publicans and shepherds too,
God in his mercy uses the commonplace,
God on his birthday had a need of you.
Sing all creation, made for his purposes,
called by his providence to live and move:
none is unwanted, none insignificant,
Love needs a universe of folk to love:
young men and maidens, old men and children,
black ones and coloured ones and white ones too,
God at his coming, and to eternity,
God too upon himself the needs of you.