It’s the Second Sunday of Advent – 05 December 2021 – and there’s irony in our headline.
The main Biblical text for today is from the Old Testament Book of Malachi. It was written at a time when, across the land, the blame for the unacceptable state of society fell on the foreigners, the migrants and on the poor and the weak.
How lucky we are to live in more enlightened (!) times…
Main Scripture for today
Malachi 3:1-4 (New International Version)
3 “I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty.
2 But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. 3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, 4 and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the Lord, as in days gone by, as in former years.