Scripture: Matthew 3:1-12
John the Baptist calls us to prepare for the coming of the Christ, turning around, and perhaps making room in our lives for the reality of God’s presence in all creation, and sometimes most difficult, in ourselves.
Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-10
The prophet Isaiah tells of the coming of a messiah that will transform all creation… In this season in which we celebrate Christ’s coming, can we imagine God’s incarnation in all things, and join with those “fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains” in repeating the sounding joy?
Scripture: Philippians 4:4-9
Rejoice always, a letter to the church writes. How can we, in the face of injustice and suffering? We are challenged to mine the sources of joy in our lives to provide inspiration and fuel for the ministry and coming of God’s realm of justice without end.
Scripture: Psalm 139:1-18
A song (and Psalm) of the love and mystery of God which has been in us before we were, and still is, reminds us of the worth of each beloved creation. In a day in which we name the pain of domestic and intimate partner violence, we are encouraged to hold fast to these words… that we might know our own worth, and strive for the dignity, freedom, and belovedness of others.
Scripture: Luke 19:1-10
Zaccheus is a tax collector who has been serving the high ups of Rome. Yet, its when he one day looks down that he finally sees the face of Jesus. How are we called to look for God at ground level, and worry a little less about “climbing”?