Jesse Epp-Fransen responds to the lectionary passages for the fourth Sunday of Advent.
God’s plan is not for a ruler like the Assyrians who conquer by force, but that does not remove the political nature of this plan. God’s work is concerned with rulers and thrones, with hunger and wealth. God is not merely above our earthly concerns, but comes to live with us, to address the injustices of this world, to show us a way of being that undoes injustice and violence and addresses the grievances of the Psalmist who cries out “How long, LORD God Almighty, will your anger smolder against the prayers of your people?” (Psalm 80:4). The Psalmist cries out for communal salvation, for national salvation, for worldly salvation. The Psalmist cries out for the Lord’s might to awaken (Psalm 80:2) and God responds, with a child.
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