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The Rev. David Curry: An Advent sermon (Romans 13:12)

December 5, 2010

Tonight I came across this Sermon for the First Sunday in Advent by the Rev. David Curry of Christ Church Anglican in Nova Scotia.  I thought this was an excellent sermon and wanted to point out this portion of Fr. Curry’s message:

Advent not only reminds us of his coming. It would deepen our understanding of its meaning. It intends that we might come to know more fully and more truly the one who has come to us. His coming names our darkness in the greater light of his love. Advent is our wake-up call. It means to look again towards him who comes knowing our darkness, the darkness of our refusal and rejection of him.

He wants us to know the darkness of the “far spent night” in the light of his grace, the grace of his coming towards us.  He has embraced our darkness in his love. He has made a path of light for us through the darkness. He comes that we might know and receive him even through the darkness of our refusals to receive him. He comes “unto his own” in the greater power of his light and grace, making a way to him even through the patterns of our sin-twisted lives. His coming calls us to repentance; this is the royal way of Advent. “The night is far spent,” to be sure, but “the day is at hand; let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.” The light of Christ awaits us.

This is a very effective use of Romans 13:12 and I think you’ll find the entire sermon worth reading – it is all too short.


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