This Summer, we are taking a look at the life of Jesus as inspired by the Life of Christ Icon. It has a central pantokrator (Ruler of All) surrounded by vignettes from our Savior’s redemptive life. Today we see consider how Jesus models humility in his incarnation, as we read Psalm 96, Isaiah 9:2-7, and the famous Christmas story from Luke 2:1-14.
Every Holy Week, Episcopal clergy typical renew their vows from when they were ordained. In the Diocese of Pittsburgh, we share that service with our fellow clergy in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. This year, the Lutherans hosted and their bishop presided, while Bp. Dorsey McConnell preached. He preached on the texts from Isaiah 61, Revelation 1, and Luke 4. May we each come to appreciate the weighty call places upon all his baptized family to spread the Good News in word, deed, and sacrament.
Touching base back at Isaiah again, the lectionary reinforces God’s hope to restore and rebuild his people if they put economic oppression of others, conflicts, and hypocritical spirituality away. That’s right, you can’t love God without loving your neighbor.
Continuing through the lectionary‘s Psalms and Canticles, we come across the Canticle from Isaiah 12. The Prayer Book has it as Canticle 9 (First Song of Isaiah). And in it we celebrate the waters of salvation!