Third Friday in Advent
I, the LORD, your God, teach you what is for your good, and lead you on the way you should go.
Isa 48, 17
It would seem, by the light of this passage, that the path of discipleship is both simple and easy. God is our teacher and our guide. All we have to do is trust God and everything good will come our way. If good things don’t come our way, it’s our own fault. We must not be trusting. We must not be following. We must not be obeying. If we’re not enjoying good things, the problem can’t be God. The problem must be selfishness and sin. Read More…
Second Saturday in Advent
Judges 13, 2-7, 24-25; Psalms 71 3-6, 16-17; Luke 1, 5-25
On you I depend from birth;
From my mother’s womb you are my strength;
Constant has been my hope in you.
Ps. 71, 6
What an extraordinary claim the psalmist makes! He asks us to believe that he had hope in God before he was trained in religion, before he learned to speak, even before he was born. He claims to have had hoped in God when he smaller than a bug – without even that much faculty. If you’re even half-awake when you read this passage, you realize that a literal interpretation of the verse makes it utterly and hopelessly absurd. He hoped in the LORD from his mother’s womb. Really? It’s the kind of thing that we can forgive our ancestors for believing; but it’s the kind of thing that those of us who understand how nature actually works should regard as a fanciful fairy tale. Read More…