In 2012 it would have been nearly impossible for Richard Rohr to know how accurate his Preparing for Christmas commentary for the Third Sunday in Advent would be in 2020. For that matter, we can make that same comment about the Lectionary Team and others. “With God all things are possible… “
These words likely resonate for most of us in the U.S., regardless of our political leanings:
“The more that we can put together, the more that we can ‘forgive’ and allow, the more we can include and enjoy, the more we tend to be living in the Spirit. The more we need to reject, oppose, deny, exclude and eliminate, the more open we are to negative and destructive voices and to our own worst instincts. As always, Jesus is our model of healing, outreach and reconciliation, the ultimate man of the Spirit.”
~ Preparing for Christmas, devotional by Richard Rohr, p. 47
Richard closes this by encouraging readers to reflect on opportunities to mend divisions, leading us toward today’s Possible Action: perhaps this week we can each find one relationship that might use a little mending and begin reconciliation outreach?
Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit!
PRAYER: Consider choosing a prayer prompt from Bob Hostetler’s blog list HERE? Maybe #2, given today’s mending message, even though it’s a repeat from earlier this season?
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