Vanity and the Manger

Andrea del Castagno (1423-1457) “Queen Esther” 1450

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Esther 1

God’s act of saving grace in Jesus is prefigured in many Hebrew saints and heroes. In Advent, the humble, self-sacrificing Ruth, becomes an ancestor to Jesus. Moving soon into the Epiphany portion of this sacred season, we lift up Esther, another woman totally dedicated to the salvation of God’s people, risking her life, as did Jesus.

Jesus the King is born. Contrast him with the extravagance and pride of Ahasuerus and the vanity of Queen Vashti. God is quietly working out salvation amid the decrees of emperors and kings.

Chapter 1 sets the stage for this powerful and beautiful story of salvation. What personal reflections come to you about vanity and where the center of your life rests? Is it in any place other than the humble manger of Jesus’ birth?

The Reading for Today

Daily Bible Breaths

Version for Children and Families

This is Christmas Week, Year C.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Tuesdays in this season are dedicated the Hebrew “Writings.” In Advent of Year C we read the book of Ruth.

How does the Word touch you?

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