With the First Sunday of Advent, we begin reading from the Gospel According to Luke. This is my favorite Gospel and the story of the Prodigal Son is my favorite passage in the Bible. It seems strange but the first passage (Luke 21: 25-36) that we read this Sunday is an echo of Mark's "Little Apocalypse" which we heard two weeks ago as the end of the church year was approaching.
Now as we begin to prepare ourselves to celebrate the long ago coming of Jesus, we remind ourselves that he will come again in the future. He tells us in verse 28, " Your redemption is drawing near."
It is a challenge as well as a comfort.