The lectionary this week helps us answer the question, “Why wait?” with the passage from 2 Peter 3:8-15a.
As we begin this season of penitent preparation for the coming of our Lord, the lectionary bring St Paul’s salutation tot he Corinthian church to our attention. In so doing, we are admonished with ways by which we can wait with strength for the promises of God.
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This last week of Advent, as we prepare in our lectionary for the coming of our Savior, we come across Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18, in which we long for the restoring hand of the promised messianic king. Jesus alone fulfills those hopes both now and in eternity, and as we experience his restoring power, we his people become the means by which others get to the see the undeniable hope of the he King who once came in humility but will soon come in glory.
Our local ecumenical ministerium in Somerset holds weekly services on Wednesdays at noon during the seasons of Advent and Lent, and I was at bat today. Using the Gospel lesson from Sunday, we looked at the life of Joseph and how we might know God’s will (hint: the Great Commandment).
This week the lectionary has us rejoicing in the words of Psalm 146 (beginning with 4 in the Book of Common Prayer). In it we find a God whose creative actions, dependable character, compassion for the poor and outcast, intolerance for wicked ways, and boundless reign make him worthy of all the praise we can give! So rejoice this Gaudete Sunday! Again, I say, rejoice!
This Second Week in Advent, what do you expect from those who govern you? In Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19, the Psalmist is looking for someone who seems to be fully human and fully divine. I only know one King who fits that description. Don’t settle for second best!
As we start Advent, Psalm 122 is placed within our readings, to encourage to gather, to do so joyfully, and to seek the good of those in God’s household both in prayer and action. May we ready our hearts for our Coming King!