Arugot Stream, the Judean Desert, Israel.
Gift: Wisdom– With the gift of wisdom, we see God at work in our lives and in the world. For the wise person, the wonders of nature, historical events, and the ups and downs of our lives take on deeper meaning. The matters of judgment about the truth, and being able to see the image of God.
Reading: 1 “Now then, speak thus to my servant David, ‘The LORD of hosts has this to say: It was I who took you from the pasture and from the care of the flock to be commander of my people Israel. (2 Samuel 7:8)
And you, child, will be called prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord 21 to prepare his ways (Luke 1:76)
Observation: Two things jumped out at me from the readings today, and again my title may give you a hint of what those two things were. In the first reading, it is God saying to David that he was the one who called him to be a commander of Israel. I believe that we can see in this reading that it was not just David that he called but also us, maybe not to be a commander of Israel, but we can be sure that it is God who called us. As for the Canticle of Zechariah, which makes up the gospel reading for today, I found that he is telling his baby, John the Baptist, who was just born that he is to be a prophet of the Most High, to be very important. Maybe it is just me, but I see this also related to us and our calling to be a prophet of the Most High. Since I know that I will never be without sin, it is the similarities to my preaching style to that of John the Baptist that I can see that this is what God has called me to. I try to be gentle and easy in my delivery, but this world is so loud, I am left with a feeling that I am being drowned out by all the other noise. I know that Jesus was not always gentle and easy either, but I see a loving John the Baptist, as the kind of preacher, God is calling me to be.
Personification: Joy Since I feel like I am being called to get in some people’s face about repentance and conversion, I will make sure that I do so with the fruit of joy plainly displayed before me. We live in a world that wants and approves of instant gratification, and I live in it too and fall prey to it as well, but it is about time that every one of us takes a hard look at what actions we are taking to change it or we can not expect any different results than what we have seen in the past 2000 years.
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit. Amen!