Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Lectionary Leanings~~Rose Sunday edition
Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
~~The Book of Common Prayer
Why do we wear pink on Advent 3?
Because Mary wanted a girl.
To be honest, some of the readings seem better related to the them of rejoicing than others. Our Old Testament reading from Zephaniah is one of hope and rejoicing, albeit following lots of dire warning. The reading from the letter to the Phillipians begins with the verse from whence "Gaudete Sunday" takes its name: Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
It's when we get to the gospel and John's opening volley, "You brood of vipers!" that things seem, well, out of whack to say the least. John is preparing the way for Jesus and in Luke's telling of the story, he is addressing not Pharisees but the crowds who've gathered to hear the prophet in the wilderness. John goes on to offer advice that presages that Jesus will give during his ministry: basically treat others fairly, kindly and justly.
Will you be rejoicing this Sunday, preachers, as we head into the downhill slide towards Christmas? Or perhaps you are addressing broods of vipers, however they may be construed. Is it time for your pageant, or perhaps a service of Lessons and Carols? Join the discussion and let us know where you are headed; if you're not sure, well join in anyway. You never know when or from where inspiration will come.