Readings for Sunday, December 7:
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
2 Peter 3:8-15a
I’ve said it before and I’ll said it again, I love me some John the Baptist.
He’s gritty and honest and more than a little bit on the edge.
But to be honest, the Isaiah passage is pulling me this week.
Because even though most of us are still at the top of the economic ladder, I’m not sure how much more battering we can take.
And while we need some social justice, I wonder if social justice sermons are the best way to get to social justice.
Do those listening us need to hear John the Baptist’s call us a Brood of Vipers, or is Isaiah’s message of comfort the more powerful one?
Maybe, the message we really need to hear this week is that even though we are sheep who have hoarded our food, scared the weak away, or wandered on paths of our own creation, we are cared for by a shepherd who does not give up, but searches and calls our names to come and be a community, one with another, together, with concern and care for all.
But that’s just the right passage for me. What’s God calling you to preach?