Today’s Scriptures: Lectionary selections from the Revised Common Lectionary Year C
The celebration of the lectionary year sometimes provides a good reflection of the cycle of faith most everyone experiences. Such cycles in faith did not begin in modern Christianity. The Hebrews notoriously followed a typical faith cycle from the time they were delivered from Egypt. They did not even wait to make it to the relative comfort of the promised land; they began such cycles while in the desert which led to the forty years of wandering before the next generation was able to take ownership. The prophet Nehemiah illustrates the cycles in today’s passage by citing the times Israel rejected God’s laws and prophets, got into trouble, appealed to God, and were then restored to fellowship.
We follow the same cycles unless we remain vigilant. We have a time of ease. We reject the daily impact of God’s love for us. We get in trouble because we do not do things the way God wants. We beg for mercy. We are restored to right fellowship with God.
The remarkable aspect today, just as in the time of the Hebrews fresh from their wandering the desert, is that God’s infinite love infinitely forgives us when we enter the cycle and cry out to him yet again for salvation. In Advent, our lectionary cycle begins again as we look toward Christ’s return to us, but our personal faith remains uninterrupted as we turn the focus again to him.
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