Ancient Wisdom: December 1, 2013 (Year A)

(Note: With this post, we begin a three-year journey through the Old Testament readings in the Revised Common.Lectionary.  The previous three-year  cycle of Gospel lessons is archived and is available by tapping the “Holy Gospel” category on the Oboedire blogsite Home Page)

Read: Isaiah 2:1-5

Meditation: “Walk in the Light”

Perhaps 13.7 billion years ago, God said, “Let there be light.” Creation began with an explosion of light. New creation begins with an infusion of light. The Christian Year begins with an invitation to “walk in the light.”

The first Sunday in Advent testifies that the Light has come. We do not have to wait for it. It is here. St. John gave additional witness to this truth: “God is Light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1John 1:5), and like Isaiah he exhorted the readers of his letter to “walk in the light” (1John 1:7).

Following in this historic witness, Pope Francis’ first encyclical is “Lumen Fidei,” a testimony to the Light, and his intention to make his papacy one that sheds that Light.

All this comes to us as an invitation to receive and transmit the Light. Christianity is not a spectator sport. Every player is meant to be on the field. The first Sunday in Advent asks us, “Are you in the game?” Are you walking in the Light?

About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 45 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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3 Responses to Ancient Wisdom: December 1, 2013 (Year A)

  1. Yes…Year A…the passage is correct. I have been writing “Year C” so long, I forgot to change. Thanks for catching the error.

  2. alvinh says:

    Maybe i’m mistaken, since 1 Dec is Advent, shouldn’t it be year A?

  3. alvinh says:

    Maybe i’m mistaken, since 1 Dec is Advent, shouldn’t it be year A?

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