I decided to look at the next day’s readings each day until I found one that struck a chord with me and provided some thoughts for reflection. Bingo! Paydirt on the first day.
The reading from Isaiah: “but he shall judge the poor with justice, and decide fairly for the land’s afflicted.” echoed the book I am currently reading: Just Mercy by Bryon Stevenson. Bryon is a Harvard lawyer who has dedicated his life to defending the poor who have been sentenced to die in Southern prisons. His stories of hopelessness and injustice in the courts and prisons of our country are heart-rending. However, his selfless dedication to provide mercy and justice to those who need it most is inspiring. I am sure that he is guided by the vision that Isaiah had and that he is sustained by the Wonder-Counselor and Prince of Peace.
Last year I read a blog during Advent that really touched me and I wanted to share it in a reflection then, but never finished it. The gospel reading today: “although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, you have revealed them to the childlike,” reminded me of this blog. The piece titled “While We Wait” was written by Erin Wathen, a pastor in a suburb of Kansas City not too far from where I grew up. Her blog is titled “Irreverin” and can be found on Patheos.com. She lamented about how time disappears in Advent (as did my unfinished reflection.) She was not finished with her homily for Sunday, let alone putting together enough thoughts for a new blog. She accomplished the latter by posting two pictures of her young son replacing Joseph with a superhero action figure in a manger scene. She included a brief paragraph that gave the reason why we do those things that keep us so busy in advent and why they are important.
“A great story can transform the world like nothing else. So keep reinventing the manger. Keep re-telling, re-framing, and re-visioning the story of how Jesus enters the world. Because God is not done here. And we need stuff to do while we wait.”
Let us all keep retelling and reliving the story that was foretold by Isaiah and began with a superhero in a manger, whose legacy lives on in those who have found something to do while we wait.