NEWS & NOTES
This weekend, we will observe the fourth Sunday of Advent. Our Music Director, Alec Watson, will be sharing an Advent Meditation with us. And Pastor Confesor will be preaching on the love of God, specifically the love of Jesus for his Father.
Throughout this Advent, we've emphasized that Jesus came into the world to love. He came to love his family, who were the Jewish people. He came to love his neighbors, who were the gentiles. He came to love his enemies, who were all sinners. And he came to love his Father. That last one stands out. Why would Jesus leave the presence of his Father and be sent to earth to love his Father?
The answer has everything to do with love. We've forgotten how to love God. And that has cut us off from the very source of joy and life. Jesus came to teach us how to love God. And what he taught us is that love for God can only come from God. Jesus lived in the love of his Father. He basked in the rich, free affection that his Father poured out until his heart was overflowing. And he then offered that same love back to God from the overflow.
This is how we can love God: simply be loved by him. To receive his love is to overflow. Love of family, love of neighbor, love of enemy, love of God, all love is from him.
- Pastor Mark
THIS COMING SUNDAY
SENT TO LOVE: LOVE OF FATHER
Pastor Confesor Martinez
Jesus loved his Father in heaven. But his love of God was not was not self-generated. It was reciprocal. In other words, Jesus loved the Father with the same love he received as a Son. We can only love God with the love he pours out on us. In John’s Gospel, we are compared to the branches of a vine. All of our life, all of our fruit, all that is good in us only comes from the vine. Jesus is the vine and God the Father is the attentive vine dresser. He pours out his love on Jesus, who then bears fruit and reaches upward in a response of love. Our only hope for knowing love, for receiving love, for giving love is bound up in abiding in that vine. We are invited to participate not only in the way Jesus loved his Father but also in the way the Father loves his Son. We are hidden in the Son. We are God’s beloved.