Luke 5:33-34 (see Matthew 9:15 – Question #11) – They said to him, “John’s disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking.”
34 Jesus answered, “Can you make the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? 35 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast.” NIV
The people asking Jesus questions were “the Pharisees and teachers of the Law.” This question to Jesus follows some conversation with Jesus’ disciples after he went in to Levi (or Matthew) the tax collector’s house to socialize with some of Matthew’s friends. This was Matthew’s retirement party. Jesus had invited Levi (Matthew) to follow Him, and he did! It was a time for celebrating and sharing Matthew’s story and Jesus’ invitation. But some people weren’t happy about the situation. Continue reading
Today is the third Sunday in Advent as we prepare our hearts for the coming of the Christ Child. If you are lighting the Advent Wreath, relight the first Advent candle, which was the Prophets’ candle, reminding you that the Prophets of old prepared the way by sharing the hope of a Savior to come.
Relight the second Advent candle, the Angel’s candle, the candle of love, which represents God’s motivation for coming as the Christ Child and living among us. Today, light the third candle, the shepherds’ candle. It was those ordinary folks, people who probably had very little of this world’s goods, that God chose to be the first to know of the birth of the Christ Child. Let’s listen to the story as Luke records it:
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. Continue reading