Do you remember working to learn the right answers so when the questions were asked you could raise your hand and speak the answer, receiving acknowledgment for being a good student? Try this one: Who is God to be compared with? What answers might the exiled Israelites have been hearing in their place of foreign captivity? The stars and the moon? The thunder and the lightning? Are the forces of the universe to be feared and served?
The voice of Isaiah sounds strong and clear: No one compares to God, the powerful Creator who dreamed up the stars and the moon. Look to the night sky and take comfort. The One who made those beautiful lights cares for the world and all that is in it. God has named the stars, tends them, sends them on their journeys, and knows they are all in their place. The stars bear the witness of humans, whom he compares to grasshoppers and sprouts that live briefly and are blown away. The stars tell the glory of the One who put them there.
When we walk through the world without seeing, with our heads down, we miss not only the incomparable and powerful but the broken and lowly. Walking with the Creator we discover a rich witness in creation as to the imagination and power within our reach.
Can we become students again, students in the classroom of creation? Might the questions posed each day by the change of seasons and the witness of faithful rhythms be good companions for our majestic and brief journeys? What is concealed in plain sight by the One who imagined and brought all into being?

Creator of night sky vistas and daytime dreams for peace, grant us the vision to see our now and our next, knowing there is none other but you and no other to whom we would entrust our future. Amen.

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Leccionario Semanal
January 29 – February 4, 2018
Resumen de la Escritura

What is the ultimate source of our strength? All the authors for this week come to the same conclusion: True strength comes from the Lord. Isaiah asks his audience: Who is like God? God never grows weary and provides unfailing strength to those who wait for God. The psalmist praises God as the one who lifts up those who are beaten down. It is not those with human strength who are truly mighty but those empowered by God. In Corinthians, Paul states that he has laid down any form of his own strength so that the gospel may advance. Jesus heals many in Mark as a demonstration of his power over the physical world. Thus, God’s power is not just a metaphor but a reality.

Preguntas para la reflexión

• Read Isaiah 40:21-31. When has your focus on past events or ones yet to come caused an inability to perceive God’s work in the present?
• Read Psalm 147:1-11, 20c. What part of your life bears witness to humanity’s desire for winners and losers? How can you help others see God’s desire for wholeness?
• Read 1 Corinthians 9:16-23. What behaviors are you willing to take on or give up “for the sake of the gospel”?
• Read Mark 1:29-39. What intrigues you about the pattern of concealment and revelation in Jesus’ life that Mark’s Gospel portrays?

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