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A 'Not Yet' Faith

Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord
Luke 1:39-45

Sermon Topic Christian disciples

Sermon Week Fourth Sunday of Advent Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 1:45


Christmas will soon be here. In Shakespeare's words, "Now sits expectation in the air".1 Little children are expecting Santa Claus. Most of us are expecting Christmas presents. Some of us are expecting Christmas bonuses. Some of us are expecting better days ahead in the coming year. There may even be those among us who, for one day at least, will be expecting the early arrival of peace on earth. Perhaps like no other day of the year, Christmas has a way of enlarging our expectations. But the day comes and goes, and the enthusiasm wanes, the expectations shrink -- and we slip back into the old, seemingly predictable, daily routine. The status quo becomes our security blanket. Our expectations are lowered to a point where our vision of life is limited to things-as-they-are.

A book called "Amazing Facts of Everyday Life" was published in 1983. It contains a long list of events that would occur each day in the year 1984. For example, it predicted a daily average of 5,962 marriages. Some 10,930,000 cows would be milked each day. Postage stamps would be sold at the rate of 90,000,000 per day. At Chicago's O'Hare Airport, hot dogs would be consumed at the rate of 5,479 per day.

In today's "high-tech" world, the fact that, under ordinary circumstances, such daily events are easily predictable is not likely to evoke more than a sincere yawn. But that your life or mine could be that predictable is a devastating thought! For ours is a faith that calls us out of our routine existence. In the Apostle Paul's words, "... if any one is in Christ he is a new creation, the old has passed away, behold, the new has come" (2 Cor. 5:17).

Ours is a faith that evokes an openness to the discovery of ever new insights in dealing with the question of who we are and what we ought to do. Ours is a faith that inspires us to rise above the ordinary. Ours is a faith that asks no less of us than to risk our life in the cause [...]

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