An exploration of the wide, expansive nature of God through the study of scripture.
"This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It's adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike "What's next, Papa?" Romans 8:15
reading: Luke 1:26-55
December 21, 2016
46 Mary said,
“With all my heart I glorify the Lord! 47 In the depths of who I am I rejoice in God my savior. 48 He has looked with favor on the
low status of his servant. Look! From now on, everyone
will consider me highly favored 49 because the mighty one has done great things for me. Holy is his name. 50 He shows mercy to everyone, from one generation to the next, who honors him as God. 51 He has shown strength with his
arm. He has scattered those with
arrogant thoughts and proud inclinations. 52 He has pulled the powerful down from their thrones and lifted up the lowly. 53 He has filled the hungry with
good things and sent the rich away
empty-handed. 54 He has come to the aid of his
servant Israel, remembering his mercy, 55 just as he promised to our ancestors, to Abraham and to Abraham’s
song of praise comes from a long, long, longing that her people have shared in,
as well as in a long tradition of women in the Bible who sing a song of praise
to God when God calls upon them to be agents in God’s work.
in part, as the answer to Isaiah 64, which begins with the words, “O that you
would tear open the heavens and come down,
that the mountains would quake at your presence.”
Mary is affirming that God is active in the world and this activity is the
the lowly servant has been looked on with favor, the proud are scattered, the
powerful are brought down while the lowly are lifted up.
hungry get something to eat, while the rich are sent away empty.
finally, Israel, who had been subjected to God’s judgment, now receives God’s
mercy. In other words, God’s actions are
not what we might expect.
we have here is a God who is concerned with the lowly, not just with the
rulers. Who in fact wants to make things
right, not so that the poor can now become rich and the rich poor or so that
the exploited can become the exploiters.
sings what we who have encountered God already know,
the poor need liberation and the rich do as well.
Come, Lord Jesus in our Advent waiting.
reading: 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 Saturday,
September 2, 2017 In
his letter to the church in Corinth, Paul reminds us that there is something
fundamentally broken and out of alignment in society that goes against the
nature of God’s relationship with us and with one another. When we participate in Communion, it is an
act of prophetic proclamation. It is a
moment to proclaim the liberation we find in God through Christ Jesus, it is a
moment in enact our fundamental belief that nothing can separate us from the
love of God found in Christ Jesus.
Prayer: God, help me to be mindful of your presence in
my life: help me to see your presence in everyone I encounter today. May my words and actions embody your radical
welcome and love for Your creation.
Daily reading: Isaiah 9:1-7 Sunday, November 19, 2017 Who are these people that are walking in darkness? What is the darkness and what light has
dawned upon them? These are some of the questions that drive our curiosity. Isaiah was a prophet that wrote during the 8th
century BCE, in Jerusalem in the southern kingdom during the time that the
northern kingdom had been defeated by the Assyrians and the upper class had
been deported and when the southern kingdom existed as a vassal state to
Assyria. When I read this portion of Isaiah I am reminded of images
that I have seen of war torn Syria, of cities in ruins, with rubble, smoke and
chaos, a place where people have no hope and so have fled as refugees from
their homes. I think of what was
happening in Juarez at the height of the drug war, when city streets were
vacant even during the day and children played indoors behind pulled
curtains. When I read this passage I think of those who have been
trapped in the human trafficking industry.…
Read: John 20:1-18 The risen Christ does not dismiss Mary and
her confusion, he meets her where she is, he calls her by name, as the Good
Shepherd does and tells her what she needs to hear in
order to live into the reality of resurrection. She is not to hold onto the tangible Jesus
any longer, the old has passed away and before her
standing is the new reality, which today we are even still trying to put
words onto, to understand and to explain. “Do not hold onto me.”Much has been asked about this … many of us
quickly go to a question about physical matter. Is it that Jesus cannot be touched, what
was his resurrected body like? What if instead what he means to tell Mary
is that you cannot hold onto me … because I need to move forward, you need to move forward, Mary don’t get stuck in the past. We are not to hold onto Jesus, because then
we might try to keep him right where we are right now rather than following him
where he is taking us, where he is going. Don’t keep looking into the empty to…