Monday, December 5, 2016

Reflection for Monday, December 5, 2016

Second Monday of Advent
IS 35:1-10
PS 85:9AB AND 10, 11-12, 13-14
LK 5:17-26

After the last few months some of us may not hesitate to say “we’ve seen it all”. Nothing will surprise us anymore. How can we be struck after the Cubs have won the world series and Donald Trump was elected president?

Today, I urge you to prepare for what is coming; that will wipe all relevance from the events of the last few months. Isaiah foretells of our savior coming to our wretchedness to make all things right. To those downtrodden by the brokenness of our world, Isaiah speaks to you:
“Be strong, fear not! Here is our God, he comes… with divine recompense to save you” (Isaiah 35:4).

The season of advent calls us to live in anticipation of our savior coming to mend our broken world, starting with the hearts of each of us. Jesus has extended an invitation for us to live a new and changed life. Rooted in our orientation towards the coming promise of a messiah who will bring with him the justice this world desperately needs, the justice that we seek.

The Gospel tells the story of men living in bold belief of the power of Jesus. Unable to enter the presence of Jesus through the door, they went to the roof. Amazed by their faith, Jesus healed their paraplegic on the simple instruction of telling him to walk. (Luke 5:17-26) Let the hope of Jesus’ coming fill you and embolden your faith, so that you live like those who climbed to the roof to see Jesus.

Live in the hope, peace, joy and love that comes in knowing our time is coming, our time is near. Jesus will break apart the chains of our human brokenness, bringing his kingdom to earth with him.

Micah Pfotenhauer is a junior studying Public Health and Anthropology.

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