One theme that pops up in our readings today is how Christ is glorified in his people. Of course, that ties in with the larger summons to seek and serve Christ is all people – as we promised in our baptismal covenant. So we need to do our part to look for Jesus in everyone, plus show that same same Jesus to everyone.
Also, take a moment to reflect on how Jesus fulfills God’s promises in his Ascension back to heaven, both in what he does for us and what he does in us.
In our lectionary readings, Isaiah opens our eyes once again how the promises of God’s salvation not only enlighten us spiritually, but bring us joy as we hope for the future.
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 consider the lessons for Christ the King, we bump into a Canticle in lieu of a Psalm. Zechariah’s song encourages to be thankful for God’s blessings in advance of our receiving them, as well as how to be more watchful for the tastes of Christ’s goodness all around us, even before he returns to consummate his reign on earth as it is in heaven.
Playing a bit of catch up after a busy run from All Saints into Diocesan Convention to our our Election Day Spaghetti Dinner at the church. So here’s two sermons (plus links to the readings) for your spiritual edification. Blessings!
All Saints readings & sermon:
Proper 27 readings & sermon:
Continuing through Galatians (extended chapter here) from our readings, we find St Paul laying the groundwork for salvation to the promise given to Abraham. As you reflect, I invite you to rejoice that all people are invited to become children of Abraham through faith in Christ!
Christ is risen! Alleluia! And by his resurrection, our Lord has ushered in the breakthrough of eternity into time and space – the beginning of the new heavens and new earth promised by the prophet Isaiah (which we find in today’s readings here). How have you seen the new creation begin in your life?
On this traditional “break” Sunday in the midst of our Lenten fasts, we have much to rejoice over. Read this lessons here and then join the celebration.