The spirit of the Lord has been given to me,
for the Lord has anointed me.
He has sent me to bring good news to the poor,
to bind up hearts that are broken;
to proclaim liberty to captives,
freedom to those in prison;
to proclaim a year of favour from the Lord.
‘I exult for joy in the Lord,
my soul rejoices in my God,
for he has clothed me in the garments of salvation,
he has wrapped me in the cloak of integrity,
like a bridegroom wearing his wreath,
like a bride adorned in her jewels.
‘For as the earth makes fresh things grow,
as a garden makes seeds spring up,
so will the Lord make both integrity and praise
spring up in the sight of the nations.’
First reading for the 3rd Sunday of Advent
Imagine… just how different the world would be, and its people, were we all to hear the prophesy and know it applied to us, and if we then went out and did as we were, (as we are), called to do.
It would be the difference between winter and spring.
Advent prepares us for the coming of the light who longs to enlighten and enliven the world and all its peoples. He asks our help. How shall we respond?
Magnolia, St Johns Wood. (c) Allen Morris, 2009.