Readings each Sunday
Vanderbilt lectionary library
Second Sunday Advent 8 December 2013
Isaiah 11: 1 - 10;
Psalm 72: 1 - 7, 18 - 21;
Romans 15: 4 - 13 ;
Matthew 3: 1 - 12
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Isaiah sees that the reality and the possibility for tomorrow is earthed and grounded in us.
When we read the full passage and see what Isaiah’s vision is, we will see that it is an un-Australian insight, it is a counter-cultural perspective for Isiah’s vision is not shaped by fear, self-interest or apathy; it is energised by equity, the honouring of diversity and finds a harmony in righteousness.
What is important for us as we seek to encounter for ourselves the mystery, the and the gift of Christmas, is that both Isaiah and Matthew see that the reality of a new creation is grounded and birthed with us.
Metanoia is therefore primarily an after-thought, different from the former thought; a change of mind….. and change of conduct, "change of mind and heart", or, "change of consciousness".
Advent is a valuable time to engage the process of Bringing to birth, and so is a valuable time for us to realise and bring to birth ourselves, the image of God and the creators of tomorrow.
The Nativity, is an icon of our birthing into a divine vision, and a divine reality of life, and it is a reality that forever asks us to be like John, and point beyond ourselves, to have an orientation to others, to realise that life is made Divine in and through our giving.
First Sunday Advent 1 December 2013
Isaiah 2: 1-5;
Romans 13: 11-14;
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As we embark on a new year, will we take up the invitation in the readings and participate in a new creation? Can we find within the Divine voice that forever speaks to every moment; “I AM making all things new’?
Isaiah’s prophetic enlightenment and the Divine energy he seeks to voice is illuminated for us when we read this text for ourselves and for all.
“In days to come” – The new year.
“the mountain of the Lord's house” – the community of faith
“shall be raised above the hills” - shall be seen, made visible
“all the nations shall stream to it.” – the community will be inclusive of all.
Isaiah invites us: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.”
Paul invites us: “you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep…. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armour of light”.
And Christ invites us: “Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming…. be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.”
All of these invitations invite us into a new reality that wakes us up from the daydream of today into the imagination of tomorrow.
During Advent we are asked to consider what key we will live our life in, what song we will give voice to. Will we live our life with the repeat key, the redial, the replay or will we hit the enter key?