Jesus Cuts Through It All: a Reflection on Psalm 3, Psalm 143, Genesis 22:1-18, Hebrews 11:23-31 and
With all the arrows from the realm of the principalities and darkness, I do not know how those who do not believe in Jesus Christ are making it. From the nonsense in Washington to the inability to speak confidently about someone going to heaven at their funeral but instead people remark that “they hope he makes it,” the world is in a heap of trouble. Yet, for the follower of Jesus we can put the shield of the LORD around us. Oh, we still get wounded, but not mortally. Our hope is in the LORD of life. And so my soul, like the psalmist’s, thirsts for the LORD like a parched land. Abraham had the shield of the LORD around him when he went to sacrifice Isaac; Moses when he refused to become a member of Pharaoh’s family; the people when they entered the Red Sea and witnessed the waters part. I need more of Jesus. And so do my neighbors, those with whom I rub shoulders on the streets; and, well…everyone. Just like then, religious leaders now debate the efficacy of Jesus. How shallow and elitist we are in our intellects. Jesus cuts through it all.
Scripture texts are taken from the two-year daily lectionary cycle which follows the liturgical calendar and begins on the First Sunday of Advent.