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First Sunday in Advent November 25, 2007

Posted by Andy in lectionary, theology.
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Here come the Advent Sunday readings, taken from Nestle-Aland and the Anglicised NRSV respectively.

A lot of this seems to be about living in this dark age, and longing for home. Paul is living on the border of his country, expecting arrival any minute. Nothing here seems worth anything so do not give in to desires: “earth has nothing I desire besides you” (Psalm 73). So we put on the Christ who is present and soldier on until day time. Isaiah is celebrating the return to a Jerusalem transfigured by God’s word, and the psalmist joins him in longing for the true homeland. For once, it is Christ that paints the bleakest picture. No homeland or daybreak here, just a thief in the night, a disturbing presence that will wake you and rob you of all you thought was worth something.

Right, that’s made the waters murky enough for now. Let’s hope for some clarity later on in the week!

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