Paul said: ‘God deposed Saul and made David their king, of whom he approved in these words, “I have selected David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, who will carry out my whole purpose.” To keep his promise, God has raised up for Israel one of David’s descendants, Jesus, as Saviour, whose coming was heralded by John when he proclaimed a baptism of repentance for the whole people of Israel. Before John ended his career he said, “I am not the one you imagine me to be; that one is coming after me and I am not fit to undo his sandal.”
‘My brothers, sons of Abraham’s race, and all you who fear God, this message of salvation is meant for you.’
Second reading for Solemnity of Nativity of St John the Baptist.
How patient God is. His promise endures from age to age, and his purpose is worked out gradually across the generations.
The memory of the community of faith extends backwards, recalling the self-revelation of God and our ancestors response to it. And that memory informs our present response. As St Paul affirms, even to us who (probably) are of Abraham’s race only by adoption, that message of salvation teased out and affirmed by Church and synagogue is meant now for us…
Jesse Window. Anglican Parish church, Stafford. (c) 2016, Allen Morris