Sunday, December 11, 2016

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Advent 3   JOY

Sunday, December 11, 2016
John 11: 17 – 44

'Biblical joy', as experienced by Martha in the narrative of John 11: 17-44, tells of the raising of Lazarus by Jesus.  This miracle convinced me that often during our trials in life Jesus comes to us, not only at the moment of realising that this must be an answer to prayer, but upon reflection, Jesus has been preparing us for a moment of God's joy, a joy that will never leave our hearts.  Martha reflected on conversations she had with Jesus and did not forget His words: “Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?”  In my view, Martha's reflections on Jesus conversations with her brought a joy that no one could ever take away from her.  Jesus raised her beloved brother from the dead!

We celebrate 'joy' in Advent as we wait in hope to once again rejoice with each other and to sing those beautiful Christmas carols. Above all, we gather to worship and partake of His Body and Blood in the in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.   I leave you with the third verse of a beautiful hymn of praise:

       'He speaks and, listening to his voice,
        New life the dead receive,

       The mournful broken hearts rejoice,
       The humble poor believe'.   Charles Wesley

- Beulah Walcott

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