December 5, 2021
by Suzanne Braddock
St. John's Parish
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Second Sunday of Advent
Lectionary: 6

Baruch 5:1-9
Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11
Luke 3:1-6

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As we await the birth of Jesus the scripture readings shine with joyful anticipation and wise advice in words truly for our time: “Take off your robe of mourning and misery…” and “put on the splendor of glory from God forever.” Could these words apply not only to the coming Christ but to us as well?

Rejoice that you are remembered by God and may you advance secure in the glory of God. God is leading Israel (and us) in joy by the light of his glory with his mercy and justice for company. What a great foursome on the road!

And St. Paul: ” I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Thank God because I need all the help I can get!)

And Luke quotes Isaiah:  “Prepare the way of the Lord. All flesh shall see the salvation of God.” All flesh. Everyone. Every living breathing thing. (I think this means our beloved pets as well)

And the communion antiphon: --“behold the joy which comes to you from God.” (I resolve to dismiss my negative thoughts, worries about the future, and accept this gift of joy.)

The scripture readings for today give such hope, such consolation, such encouragement and joy – even elevating us to participation in God’s glory – for so we are meant to radiate his light, his love, his justice and mercy.

I am reminded of the well known quote of Thomas Merton:  “ There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun.”

Perhaps when you don your coat today you can imagine that God, looking at you with love, see his glory, himself in you. And  walking along with you for company are his mercy and justice. What a wonderful gift to bring to all we meet this day – and every day.

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