Readings for the Day
Isaiah 64:1-9: This lament comes from a people who have had their hopes shattered. The visions of a rebuilt Jerusalem and a renewed people of God, spoken of in Isaiah 40-55, have not been realized. Instead, the people experience ruin, conflict, and famine. This lament calls God to account—to be the God who had brought deliverance in the past.
I Corinthians 1:3-9: As the Christians in Corinth await the advent of Jesus, Paul reminds them how the Lord has already enriched them through spiritual gifts and will continue to strengthen them until the coming day of the Lord.
Mark 13:24-37: Jesus encourages his followers to look forward to the day when he returns in power and glory to end all suffering.
‘From Sunday & Seasons, copyright 2023 Augsburg Fortress’
Questions To Ponder
- Do you feel a barrier between God and yourself? (Isaiah 64:1-9)
- What does the word ‘waiting usually mean to you? (I Corinthians 1:3-9)
- What does it mean to you to ’keep awake’ and ’hold fast’ this Advent? (Mark 13:24-37)
- How do these texts speak to you today?
Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection awaken us to the threatening dangers of our sins, and keep us blameless until the coming of your new day. Amen.