Peace, Healing and Freedom: a Reflection on Psalm 122, Psalm 149, Genesis 18:16-33, Galatians 5:13-2
The blind man was healed by Jesus. He could see. His new found sight was freeing. The psalmist exhorts us to pray for Jerusalem; to pray for cities in general. Cities are hubs. They rally people in community. There needs to be healing in our cities. Then there will be freedom. God does take pleasure in his people. Abraham negotiated with God for him to spare the people in Sodom. Even if God found a few that were righteous, he would spare the people. Human is broken. But, when we are found by Christ and we place our trust in him, we become free. We are called to freedom; not for self-indulgence, but for service. Peace, healing and freedom come to God’s people. I am praying more fervently for these things. I ache for those who do not know Jesus and receive the peace, healing and freedom that come in and through that relationship.
Scripture texts are taken from the two-year daily lectionary cycle which follows the liturgical calendar and begins on the First Sunday of Advent.