Last summer I purchase three rose bushes on clearance, $5 each, and planted them in my backyard. They were very scraggly and I wasn’t sure they’d survive. I was delighted when a few weeks later they not only showed signs of life but began to bloom.
This third week of Advent is sometimes known as “rose” Sunday with an emphasis on Mary. In the RCL, the readings, unless one uses the Canticle “Magnifcat” for the psalm, make no reference to Mary, but continue the story of John the Baptism. And the reading from the Narrative Lectionary is from Isaiah, proclaiming a year of the Lords favor. Tough choices for those of us in the USA, some who may indeed see this as a year of the Lord’s favor, but for many it has been a very difficult year, with no reprieve in sight.
I’m preaching this week from the RCL and working off of both Isaiah and Matthew considering what it means to be prophetic. I’m telling the story of St. Lucia who spurned her pagan bridegroom vowed her life to Christ. The spurned bridegroom turned her into the government officials who, because Christianity was illegal, imprisoned her, tortured her, and killed her. A tradition rose up in her name which became popular in Sweden, on Dec. 13, St. Lucia day, a young girl dresses in white and serves the family coffee and buns, modeling Lucia’s life work of service to the poor.
Where are you going with the texts this week? How are you considering the prophetic voice of God as she manifests in the world today, in your context, with the people you serve?
The Rev. Terri C. Pilarski is an Episcopal priest serving in Dearborn, MI. She has been a member of the RevGalBlogPals since 2006 and blogs at seekingsuthenticvoice.blogspot.com.
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