Thursday, December 17, 2020
An excerpt from Hebrews 1:1-4 (NRSV)
Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
Reflection from Max Smith:
I was in Rome a few years ago and came upon a crowd outside the Castle of the Holy Angel anxiously awaiting someone’s arrival. Curious, I asked: for whom are you waiting? The Americani, Tom Hanks, was the reply. The energy and expectancy drew me to wait too.
When he & his wife emerged from the portico, I was stunned! He is absolutely gorgeous! And very gracious. He waved to us and apologized for keeping us waiting, and then very sweetly guided his wife to one of the waiting limos.
I like him in films. But to see him in person was truly stupendous!
Perhaps, this is a (very) pale comparison to Paul’s adulation of Jesus, who is not an emissary, or facsimile but God’s very being.
The REAL is overwhelming, glorious, stunning and stupendous.
Walk in the light with Me, and you will reflect Me to the watching world.
For further study and prayer, the readings assigned for today are:
Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26; 2 Samuel 6:1-11; Hebrews 1:1-4
Photo by Sarah Regalado for the youth photo contest.
“My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord”
African American spiritual, arr. Moses Hogan
“My soul’s been anchored in the Lord - Hallelujah!
Gon’ shout and pray and never stop
Until I reach the mountain top.”
Tags: Advent & Christmas