Reaching out with God's Love

Scripture Readings

Posted by on Dec 5, 2018 in Announcement, Scriptures |

Sunday   December 9, 2018

 

First Reading:   Malachi 3:1-4

The Lord announces a covenant with Israel. A messenger like Malachi (his name means “my messenger”) shall prepare the way for the coming of the Lord by purifying and refining God’s people, as silver and gold are refined.

Second Reading:   Philippians 1:3-11

The apostle Paul was the pastor of many new churches. He writes in his letter about his joy to be in partnership with the Christians of Philippi. Listen to how tender-hearted Paul, sometimes a stern preacher, is with his friends as he encourages them to grow in love and knowledge.

Gospel:   Luke 3:1-6

John the Baptist is a herald of the saving Lord, whose way is prepared by “repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” As we hear the careful record of human leaders, we sense the spectrum of political and religious authority that will be challenged by the coming Lord.