“Praise to the Lord God of Israel. He has come to help his people and has given them freedom.
He has given us a powerful Savior from the family of his servant David.
This is what he promised through his holy prophets long ago.
He will save us from our enemies and from the power of all those who hate us.
God said he would show mercy to our fathers, and he remembered his holy agreement.
This was the promise he made to our father Abraham, a promise to free us from the power of our enemies,
so that we could serve him without fear in a way that is holy and right for as long as we live.
“Now you, little boy, will be called a prophet of the Most High God. You will go first before the Lord to prepare the way for him.
You will make his people understand that they will be saved by having their sins forgiven.
“With the loving mercy of our God, a new day from heaven will shine on us.
It will bring light to those who live in darkness, in the fear of death. It will guide us into the way that brings peace.” (Luke 1:68-79 Easy-To-Read Version )
While this week commemorates the Reign of Christ, it also prepares us for the coming of Advent. We has spent a good part of the year looking at the theme of confession, penance, and forgiveness. In the coming weeks we will prepare for the arrival of the One who made the forgiveness of our sins possible, who oversees our penance, and hears of confession. And that would, at first thought, feel like a daunting preparation for Someone who may not hear with ears of love. But then we realize, it is Jesus Christ! The Author of perfect love! And our minds are at rest, our fears relieved, and our joy starts to overflow!
The pseudo-psalms passage today it the introduction to the herald the news of Christ – not the baby we will welcome in four to five weeks time, but the man Jesus who will live as an example for us and die for an atonement of our sins – if that is your faith philosophy. Jesus’ death was inevitable from the time of his birth. He was born in turbulent times when politics and the social environment were oppressive and destructive for the Jews. I think, beloved reader, that this Advent season will be filled with poignancy, and the hope which our times need.