Sunday, December 16, 2018


Daily reading: Isaiah 42:1-9
Sunday December 16, 2018

Focus passage: God the LORD says – the one who created the heaven, the one who stretched them out, the one who spread out the earth and its offspring, the one who gave breath to its people and life to those who walk on it – I, the LORD, have called you for a good reason.  I will grasp your hand and guard you, and give you as a covenant to the people, as a light to the nations, to open blind eyes, to lead the prisoners from prison, and those who sit in darkness from the dungeon…The things announced in the past – look --- they’ve already happened, but I’m declaring new things.  Before they even appear, I tell you about them.” Isaiah 42:5-7, 9

Today is the third Sunday of Advent.  It is the Sunday that we celebrate the Joy of the season.  The Advent candle of Joy glows a rosy pink because in the midst of our waiting, introspection, repentance and turning toward God, we remember that spiritual growth happens in this season and that is a cause to celebrate.

Isaiah’s words will be reimaged by the gospel writers
who saw God once again God turning the world up-side-down,
by anointing Jesus to bring good news to the poor,
release the captives and recovery of sight to the blind,
removing the shackles of oppressing and declaring the year of the Lord’s favor. 
These concepts are grounded in the spiritual, economic, social and political welfare of the nation.

On this, the darkest week of the year,
we too are called to be a light to the nations. 
To ask the centering question, what is God up to the world and how are we being called to participate in it?

What pockets of our world are in chaos and turmoil?
Where do people feel abandoned by God?
Who is blind to the movement of God?
Or maybe more aptly, how am I blind to the movement of God?
Where is there injustice and how are we being called to bring freedom?
Where are people watching and waiting?

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