By Barbara E. Reid OP
In Abiding notice, Barbara Reid, OP, takes the Sunday adventure to each day with obtainable weekly meditations at the Lectionary readings of 12 months A. This selection of articles, along with Scripture readings for Sundays and solemnities by way of reflections, permits readers to meditate at the connection among the sacred textual content and their day-by-day lives. residing with the note daily invitations us right into a nearer courting with Christ, the God who turned flesh.
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John exposes their poisonous intent. ” What “good fruit” looks like is described by Isaiah in today’s first reading. All creatures and the whole of creation exist in peaceful harmony. There is justice for all, especially for those most afflicted. Predators and prey dwell together in irenic oneness. Vulnerable little ones have no fear. Snakes like those John denounces no longer attack. In Isaiah’s day it was thought that the new Davidic king, who would sprout from the stump of the conquered house of Jesse, would be the one to bring about this peaceable kingdom.
Imagine yourself as one of the characters in the story if the text is a narrative. What do you see? hear? smell? feel? Read through the text again slowly and prayerfully. Is there a particular word or phrase that catches your attention? Stay with that word or phrase and let it take deeper root in you. Wait patiently for whatever it is that is being revealed to you in that word. Even if there is no clear insight or special meaning that emerges, trust that the word is abiding in you and unleashing its transformative power in you.
Another attractive characteristic of John was his wholehearted commitment to God’s reign and the Coming One who would usher it in. When a person lives so completely and authentically what he or she proclaims, that witness is very compelling. Others are drawn not just to admire such a one, but to examine their own lives and to follow suit in whatever way possible. Although John’s message at first seems off-putting, its effectiveness rested on the fact that it was not anger that fueled him, but a profound love of God and a passion to help everyone be ready for the imminent arrival of the One who is to come.
Abiding Word. Sunday Reflections Year A by Barbara E. Reid OP