First Sunday of Advent
Mark 13:24-37 (NRSV)
The coming of the Son of Man
"But in those days, after that
the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its
and the stars will be falling from heaven,
and the powers in the
heavens will be shaken.
Then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in clouds'
with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his
elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
"From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender
and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see
these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I
tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken
place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
"But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor
the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the
time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and
puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be
on the watch. Therefore, keep awake for you do not know when the master of the
house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or
else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say
to all: Keep awake."
If you have questions about how to become a friend and follower of Jesus, please
see the devotion entitled, “Come to Jesus” @ http://bit.ly/JVhaLta
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