In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Ghost.
The Church Year is always preparing us for what comes next. In the middle of Advent, the Third Sunday tells us to rejoice, because the Lord’s coming is near. In the middle of Lent, the Fourth Sunday calls us to rejoice again, because the salvation which Christ came to bring is about to be accomplished. Like those two Sundays, today encourages us to look ahead. In the middle of Easter we look ahead to Pentecost, the sending of the Holy Spirit. Jesus tells us what the Holy Spirit will do for us, and because of His work in bringing to our mind all that Jesus has done for us, we are told to sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things, a song we can only sing by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. That’s really the summary of all of the Readings today. Without the Holy Spirit, Isaiah would not have known to praise the Lord for his salvation. Without the Holy Spirit we would not be able to heed James’s instruction avoid sin and receive the Word of God. Without the Holy Spirit, the work of conviction and revelation of Jesus needed for our salvation would not occur.
Sermons from Mount Olive
Mount Olive follows the historic one-year lectionary (series of readings).