Sermons on Forgiveness
The good news entrusted to us, is that our God is the God who comes to us. The God who, even in our sinfulness and brokenness, ministers to us. In fact, who ministers to us precisely because of our sinfulness and brokenness.
The task given to John the Baptist, who appears in this morning’s gospel reading for the first time this Advent, is to “Prepare the way of the Lord” amongst the people. And in today’s collect, which we’ve just prayed together, we asked for God to ‘purify our hearts and minds’ in order that ‘we might be ready to receive him [Christ], who is our Lord and our God.’ So what does it mean for us to prepare our hearts and minds this Advent? And how can we, as Christ’s Church, be ‘ready to receive him’ when he appears?
Fourth Sunday in Lent Readings: Numbers 21. 4-9; Psalm 107. 1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2. 1-10; John 3. 14-21 (view all) Our daughter Evie is reaching the age now, at 5 years old, where she is establishing her independence. She has begun to be able to play on her own and occupy herself, which is fantastic for me and particularly Amy my wife as it means she gets a bit more time. But the other development is just how much she…