The Promise of Peace at Christmas
On the Sunday before Christmas, Christ's Holy Nativity, Fr John Brian gives a homiletic sermon starting focusing on Act 3:16, where St Peter is talking about a healing miracle that just occurred:
"Faith in his [Jesus] name has healed this man who you see and know, and made him strong; it is the faith in him [Jesus] which has granted this healing before you all."
Then through other scripture readings apointed for the Sunday: Acts 3:16-26; Romans 4:13-38. And then drawing from the prophecy of Isaiah 11:1-9 where peaceful existence is described, where there is transformation not of the uniqueness of what God has created, but of the distorted animal nature. This is the promise of Peace at Christmas!
This sermon lesson uses the readings and services appointed from the Malankara Syrian lectionary and was given on Sunday, December 19, 2010 by Fr. John Brian Paprock at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Chapel, Madison, Wisconsin.
"We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency may be of the power of God and not of us." 2 Corinthians 4:7.
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