In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Ghost.
In many ways, today is the most relatable day in the Church Year. We get all of the emotions running through the Readings, especially the Gospel. All too well we know that feeling of John the Baptizer and his disciples, the feeling that things aren’t going well and we’re worried about it. You know the feeling: that uneasiness in your gut, tightness in your chest, and swirling in your head. It’s the feeling that you’re in trouble, or quickly could be; that things are beyond your control; that you’ve made a terrible mistake. These extremely real emotions, feelings, and doubts are ones we know well because we feel them on an almost daily basis. As we go through this life, this life that is far from how God intended it to be, we live in uncertainty, fear of danger, fear of failure, fear that we really aren’t in control. In the midst of this swirling anxiety the Church prays that Christ would “lighten the darkness of our hearts by [His] gracious visitation.” He has and always will. He comes to your anxious heart with His soothing Gospel: Your warfare is ended, your iniquity is pardoned.
Sermons from Mount Olive
Mount Olive follows the historic one-year lectionary (series of readings).