The First Sunday in Advent. The scriptures for next Sunday, according to the liturgical schedule, are as follows: Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44. Please read and meditate on these lessons three times during this new week.
What do you see? What do you hear? What do you feel concerning the faithfulness of our God who is not content to remain a God who seems to be separated and alienated from God’s wicked world and guilty people. Advent is about the “coming of the Lord” into the lowliest and dingiest and nastiest aspects and places of our humanity. If we are guilty, God’s holiness does not restrain God from visiting the guiltiest people in order to make us clean and to keep us whole. If we are falsely accused and condemned, God’s righteousness is no barrier to God’s instinctive determination to come near to us in the midst of our unfair punishment, in order to make pain our power, suffering our strength and captivity our site of conscientious creativity. If we are sick, God will prove to be our healer. If we are in trouble, God is on the way to reveal to us God’s powerful Hand of delivering grace. If we are poor and needy, God will come where we are and fulfill the promise of God’s Word to supply all our needs. If we are vulnerable and defenseless, God will come to “cover our defenseless head” with God’s holy wings of sheltering love.
All these scriptures teach us always to be strong in faith, confident in hope and forever sustained and secure in the Love of God made known to us in Jesus Christ, Our Lord. A-men! So let it be!
C. G. A.