Light in darkness

Daily reading: Luke 3:1-22
Monday, January 9, 2017

Focus passage:   In the fifteenth year of the rule of the emperor Tiberius—when Pontius Pilate was governor over Judea and Herod was ruler over Galilee, his brother Philip was ruler over Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was ruler over Abilene,during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas—God’s word came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. Luke 3:1-2
It was a time of great darkness and despair.  And it was during this time that God spoke to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness: in a place beyond and untamed.
There is foreshadowing everywhere. First, with the build up at the beginning of the story, explaining the political environment. Then we hear a voice coming not from Tiberius the Emperor, or from Pilate or Herod, or even from the high priest Caiaphas, it comes from a Jewish peasant, in a remote sector of the Roman Empire, away from the seat of power, in the wilderness. 
I wonder what it means that the activity of God is in the wilderness beyond the margins of civilization.

Prayer: God, help me to fill the world with grace in big and small ways.  Help me to seek you out.  Amen.

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