Friday of the Third Week of Advent

Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD,
when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David;
As king he shall reign and govern wisely,
he shall do what is just and right in the land.
In his days Judah shall be saved,
Israel shall dwell in security.
This is the name they give him:
“The LORD our justice.”

Therefore, the days will come, says the LORD,
when they shall no longer say, “As the LORD lives,
who brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt”;
but rather, “As the LORD lives,
who brought the descendants of the house of Israel
up from the land of the north”– 
and from all the lands to which I banished them;
they shall again live on their own land.

Jeremiah 23:5-8

The peace of the Lord be with you.

We are exactly a week away from Christmas day. Our readings today remind us that God is a God of justice. Despite the things that we may do that are wrong or unjust, God makes all things right.

As his followers, we are called to also be people of justice to seek out wrongs and make them right and to make sure that those without a voice are heard. This time of the year often makes people think about those who are less fortunate so the hungry are fed, those who need clothing receive it, those that feel estranged are welcomed. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could see this type of love for our fellow human beings 365 days per year? With God all things are possible including attaining  that ideal.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Readings for Friday, December 18, 2020