Friday, February 21, 2014
Advent: a beginning and a conclusion
Good evening friends,
Today's reading is familiar as an Advent reading, and it echoes the vision we've been reading about the redemption of the world. If these readings are feeling repetitive, it's because God's vision for a righteous, peaceful word is woven throughout scripture. That hope is deep in God's heart, and deep in our hearts. May that kingdom come soon.
2The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined. 3You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. 4For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. 5For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire.
6For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.