Today’s Scriptures: Lectionary selections from the Revised Common Lectionary Year C
The concluding passages to the Advent week focused on joy do not seem very joyful on first reading. In the Luke passage Jesus describes the rejection of John the Baptist and himself citing the conflicting expectations of people for how a holy person should live. In Micah, the sense of pending war against powerful foes seems more daunting than joyful. The present situation is overwhelming and desperate. Despite these unpleasant situations, we know the rest of the story and the reason for our joy lies in the completion of the story.
Micah 4:12, though, interjects that the world “does not know the thoughts of the lord or understand his plan.” Learning to accept our fallibility and understand that we do not know all things allows us to put those things which we cannot control into the hands of God whose thoughts and plan encompass everything – including the outcome of the difficult times. Knowing that we have a God who looks out for us even when we cannot understand everything that is happening offers us a sense of joy knowing that we are loved by God.
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