What needs to be repaired in the world? What restoration is longed for by the injured and heartbroken?
Here is your God,
coming with vengeance
to demand reparations
and to save you.
What healing is needed in your community? What aches and pains await resolve in your own life?
The Mighty One
scatters the proud,
lifts up the lowly,
and feeds the hungry.
Where do you notice joy paving the way for peace, and love paving the way for justice? In what ways has new life humbled your heart?
Did you expect a quaking reed?
Did you expect a pampered royal?
Go tell what you see and hear:
there is a new way.
(Matthew 11:7-8, 4, 10)
RevGals and preaching Pals, how are the Revised Common Lectionary texts inspiring your sermon for the upcoming Third Sunday of Advent? Will the prophets’ announcement of reparations — from Isaiah to Mary — shape the good news you bring? Will you bring an ecological vision of healing, from the dry land of Isaiah to the farm land of James to the wilderness of Matthew? Is this Sunday’s sermon shortened for a carol sing or Nativity pageant?
However you are approaching the RCL texts for your Sunday sermon, you can find new perspective and share your ideas here in the blog’s comments with your preaching colleagues!
The Rev. Rachel G. Hackenberg‘s book with co-author Martha Spong, Denial Is My Spiritual Practice (and Other Failures of Faith), searches for faith through life’s trials. Rachel has also written Writing to God, a popular Lenten devotional, among other books.
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