God has place this wonderful creation in our hands. As U2 sings, "It's a beautiful day, don't let it slip away." We have this one life to live on this beautiful planet so enjoy these reflections on God, faith, life, and music. "After the flood all of the colors came out. It's a beautiful day."

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Justice

My advent word for the day is justice.

When I was a teenager there were pins passed out at a youth event that I attended. It funny I can't remember what the English version said. But the translation of the Spanish was struggle for justice. The context of these pins were how do we help create a world where the poor are lifted up, where racism does not determine economic status, where bombs and guns are not what we spend so much of the budget on. In order to bring God's vision to life we must struggle for justice. My words cannot compare to the prayers/songs of Mary and Zechariah on justice. There words at the birth and coming birth of babies are words of God's Justice.
My soul magnifies the Lord,
47   and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
   Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
   and holy is his name.
50 His mercy is for those who fear him
   from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
   he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
   and lifted up the lowly;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
   and sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
   in remembrance of his mercy,
55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
   to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’ Luke 1:46-55
 Mary believes in a God who has scattered the proud, brought down the powerful, sends the rich away empty. Mary's song is song showing God on the side of the poor, the hungry, the weak, the lowly. God is a God of mercy.
 68 ‘Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
   for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them.
69 He has raised up a mighty savior for us
   in the house of his servant David,
70 as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
71   that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.
72 Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors,
   and has remembered his holy covenant,
73 the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham,
   to grant us 74that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies,
might serve him without fear, 75in holiness and righteousness
   before him all our days.
76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
   for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people
   by the forgiveness of their sins.
78 By the tender mercy of our God,
   the dawn from on high will break upon us,
79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
   to guide our feet into the way of peace.’ Luke 1:68-79
 Zechariah justice means liberation, it means being redeemed, save, delivered from our enemies. For Zechariah, he looks around the the world and sees an unsafe place, a place where fear is prevalent, where the need for a savior to free us from fear, to free us from the danger, to set us free from our enemies. And yet for Zechariah this call for justice is also a call to peace. To confront fear and enemies, is to be done with God guiding us through peace.
Mary Did You Know

 

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