A Cry in the Winter Night

Monday, December 16
Isaiah 3

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Disobedience and betrayal of God’s people, just as the betrayal of Joseph’s brother in Genesis, result in stark emptiness and life weakened by evil. God’s people ignore those powerless in their world⎯women and children.

How similar is the worldly noise these weeks before Christmas! So many merchants and enterprises not interested in the coming of Jesus to the poor, only want great riches to be accounted when this season of buying and selling is over.

Isaiah’s prediction of the loss of finery is as a great blackout that reduces the colorful, flickering lights of stores and houses to an awesome darkness. It is from the darkness and emptiness of all distraction that the soul cries out more clearly to the Lord in the winter night.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
The glory of Your presence. v. 8
Lord have mercy upon us.
Give me compassion for the poor. v. 5
Sharing the fruit of my works. v. 10

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This is the third of four weeks in Advent, Year A.
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Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets,in this season the prophet Isaiah.

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2 thoughts on “A Cry in the Winter Night

  1. This text, as we approach Christmas, reminds me of all we spend on ourselves and ours and challenges us to remember the poor and stranger. The sin of Sodom in the Bible is mostly a lack of generosity and hospitality to strangers, to the other. Amongst family and friends we increasingly now give a goat, or a safe water pump, or desks – we buy them at Oxfam or similar organisation – the money goes to the poor and needy, and our friends and family get a card saying that this has been done. You would be surprised at the enthusiasm with which the gifts are received – no new junk to have to falsely be “grateful” for. The “tradition” is viral – those receiving the cards go on next year to do the same for others.

    http://www.oxfam.org/en/getinvolved/unwrapped

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