Beloved reader, it feels like we have come full circle. It was around this time in 2014 that I began writing two sets of blog postings. One to finish out the daily “Sip of Scripture” that Third Way Cafe has, and the second to set the lectionary year for 2015. As a reminder, the lectionary year starts with the season of Advent, and we moving into that season with Sunday Nov 29th. I am surprised how quickly the year has gone, as it seems not that long ago that I started this new chapter of “A Simple Desire”. I thank you for your comments and interest. Now, to the verse for today.
“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory.” (Luke 21:25-27)
The question that immediately comes to mind is, “Is that time come yet?” With all that this past year has held, one would think that the distress amongst the nations, the roaring of the sea and nature, and people fainting from fear and foreboding (not to mention from grief and loss) would foretell the end and the coming of “the Son of Man.” But still the days pass.
“Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Verse 28)
I do not know if our “redemption” meaning the end of this world is coming. What I do know is that Christ offers refuge and comfort for what we endure. That, I hope and pray, is sufficient for our times.
“Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” (Verses 29-36)
Another perspective is that the kingdom of God has come, and is amongst us. Just not in the way we would expect. So we do not recognize it as what was promised. This lectionary year is the year where the theme is confession and penance. We look to God for forgiveness and, well, redemption. The story of the prodigal son is referenced often. So, stand up beloved reader; raise your heads and look for our Lord who is drawing near. May we find the ways that our Lord is drawing nearer to us in the coming lectionary year. Selah!