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Twelve Months of Sundays – Year A
Sundays Before Advent
The Second Sunday Before Advent

Zephaniah 1.7, 12–18
1 Thessalonians 5.1–11
Matthew 25.14–30

The word ‘gospel’ means ‘good news’, and Christians believe that, in Jesus Christ, the whole world is offered the good news of God’s love for them. But the New Testament also bears witness to the fact that not everyone receives God’s love as ‘good news’. Incredible as it may seem, some people look at Jesus and hate him and the God he represents. Some feel threatened, some feel bored, some hate the way he breaks their rules about God, and some simply do not recognize what is on offer. The passages that the lectionary gives us to reflect upon in these Sundays before Advent are all full of foreboding and warning. It is possible to reject the love of God, and so to reject your own life. It is possible to live in such a way that you do not recognize Life when it stands in front of you…

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