Luke 1: 67-79 & Luke 3: 1-6
December 9, 2018
2nd Sunday in Advent
You have only to listen to the news for a few minutes or scan the headlines of the daily paper to reach the conclusion that we live in hostile and dangerous times. Mass shootings occurring more often than we can even keep track of. Wars raging across the planet. Repressive governments violating basic human rights of their citizens. Famine and drought and wildfires and the growing effects of climate change devastating countless people’s lives. If we are paying attention at all it is easy to reach the conclusion that this is a frightening time to be alive.
And yet, it is in the very midst of such times that we have the audacity to gather together here this morning and light the Advent candle of peace. We dare to declare that God’s peace is actually a reality which is, even now, breaking into our world. Such bold claims represent either a strong undergirding of faith or else something resembling insanity. And the line between those two positions is often difficult to distinguish.