Rev. Sara-Scott Wingo Meditation
Psalm 80:1-3 & 14-18, Sirach 48:1-11, Matthew 17:9-13
|SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 , 2012|
Who is coming in Advent and when and where are we to look for the one who will come? Such ambiguous and dire words today from Jesus about the Son of Man’s impending suffering, and from the author of Sirach associating Elijah with retribution and destruction. However, the psalmist brings these readings together with the prayer, “Stir up your might and come to save us!” Our readings today remind us of the peculiar means of God’s salvation in a fiery prophet like Elijah, and in a controversial man hanging from a cross. Even so, God’s saving work is not complete. This season invites us to journey to the shadowy recesses of our hearts and of our world, and from these places to plead to God, “Stir up your might and come to save us!” The one who comes among us this season is God, and we are to look for and expect God’s coming in all times and places where we are in need of salvation.
In a world that is not yet set right by your redeeming work, restore us, O God. Let your face shine in the dark places where we have hidden from you, that we may be saved! Amen.
The Re. Sara-Scott Wingo (MDiv 1991)