The Creator and Ruler of all creation comes in this psalm as Judge. God “will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.” God comes to judge creation and its inhabitants. Can we have hope?
It is well documented that the gulf is widening between the haves and the have-nots, between developed and developing nations, between northern and southern hemispheres. Yet we increasingly share one world, one environment, one economy, one biological ecosystem. If God’s righteousness and equity are coming, what changes might we get ready for?
Dr. Pardis Sabeti is an Iranian-American computational biologist and geneticist with Harvard University who participated in the fight against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Sabeti is also a musician and songwriter. While working in Africa, she often gathered coworkers to sing. She reflected on that experience, “after an hour of trying to sing through despair, my band mate played the beat of an old forgotten song and I began to hum. . . . We sat there together—women of different countries, ethnicities, and religions—in our seemingly forsaken temporary state on this earth with one truth, that ‘I’m alive and so are you, we are here, we are the proof.’” The song “One Truth” became an anthem for people who struggle to stay alive in the world.
What is that beat of an old forgotten song—the Lord’s song of life, healing, and hope? Our God is good, compassionate, and abounding in steadfast love. There is always hope, and we can sing the Lord’s song. “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the Lord.”

Let us hear afresh, O Lord, your song of life, healing, and hope. And may we sing even in the face of dire conditions. Amen.

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Leccionario Semanal
December 19–25, 2016
Resumen de la Escritura

Ecstasy over the Christmas miracle is the theme that binds this week’s passages together—unrestrained joy over what God has done and over who God is. These texts celebrate a God who reigns in strength. Yet this God is near and immediate, a participant in the human struggle for light and salvation. As worshipers, we join in rejoicing over the coming of the messenger “who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns’”(Isa. 52:7). We also celebrate “the Lord, for he is coming to judge the earth . . . with righteousness, and . . . equity” (Ps. 98:9). Then the note of immediacy is struck by the focus on what God has done just now, in these “last days,” in which “he has spoken to us by a Son” (Heb. 1:2). The One who was present at creation, the eter- nal Word, “became esh and lived among us” (John 1:14).

Preguntas para la reflexión

• Read Isaiah 9:2-7. What or who in your life helps you to continue to walk in the world’s darkness?
• Read Psalm 98. How do you discover hope even in the midst of dif cult times for the earth? How does this hope allow you to shout for joy and sing the Lord’s song?
• Hebrews 1:1-12. Advent reminds us of Jesus bridging the gap between God and humanity. How does this reality change the way you experience the world?
• John 1:1-14. Re ect on the incarnation of God in the form of a baby. In what ways does this in uence the way you see and understand God’s nature?

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