First Light (Jeremiah 33:14-16)

First Light (Jeremiah 33:14-16)

This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent and the beginning of a new church year. Advent this year starts with a promise…a promise given to people who are sitting in the dark wondering if they will ever see the light of God’s favor again. It is the Promise extended to those who feel as if they are in the tomb already, with immovable rock enclosing them. It is God’s YES and it is spoken in the face of the world’s MAYBE and the Devil’s NO. It is the Promise that “[You] will be saved and live in safety.” For all of us who live after the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the promise voiced by Jeremiah has been fulfilled in Christ. About this YES of God, St. Paul wrote this: “For in [Christ] every one of God’s promises is a YES. For this reason it is through Him that we say the ‘Amen’ to the glory of God.”

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