I Go – or Will Tomorrow

A Homily for the First Wednesday of Advent

Text: St. Matthew 21:23-32

Grace to you and peace from God our Heavenly Father and Christ Jesus our Lord, who is coming again in glory. Amen.

Today, I am tired, a bit behind on work and reading, and not in as a good a physical condition as I would like.

But tomorrow, I will be energetic, on top of my work, well read, and I will do all of those exercises I keep saying I’m going to get to.

Tomorrow, I will be more charitable, more patient, more steadfast in prayer.

Today Drew is a disaster. Tomorrow Drew is amazing.

Our Lord has sent us out to love our neighbors as ourselves, to feed the hungry, to visit the sick and the imprisoned, to welcome the stranger, to even love our enemy. Why, what did you think we meant at the end of the service when we said “Go in peace. Serve the Lord.”

And you all respond, “Thanks be to God.” So I can only assume you do it perfectly, right?

Or are you like me? Today is a disaster, tomorrow will be better.

Every week, we are sent in love and service. Every day, we wake up and are called to die to sin. And we respond, “I go, Lord,” but then we do not.

Wretched sinners that we are! What will we do when Christ returns in glory to judge the living and the dead?

But have no fear, dear friends. Only believe. Only put your trust in God.

If we were perfect, we would have no need of a savior. But glory of glories, Christ came as a physician for the sick, a redeemer for sinners.

Every week we are sent out, and we fail in our mission to serve the Lord. But every week, we gather and hear the Good News – that Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for his sake, God forgives us all our sins.

So do not despair, friends, but believe. For the Only Son of God was sent, and he has come to us to recuse us from sin and death.

And when he comes in glory, the former things that have ensnared us in sin will pass away.

This Advent, put your trust not in your own understanding and ability but in the manifold mercies of Christ, who died for us and rose again that we should live with him in the Everlasting Kingdom. Amen.

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