Dr. Steven Bishop Advent Meditation

Psalm 72:1-8; Isaiah 11:1-10; Luke 10:21-24

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Recently I read the speeches and published essays of Martin Luther King, Jr. I was struck by the repetition of themes and phrases that appeared in his work. Not surprising, the repeated themes were concentrated around issues of justice. The readings for today also revolve around the theme of justice. The kingdom of God promises to bring to reality those things longed for by kings and prophets.

Dr. King maintained hope that issues of race and equality would one day be settled through moral conviction of its rightness. The prophet Isaiah, however, saw the future in a person, one who would rise from a most improbable place. Since a stump is considered dead and unable to grow, a branch rising from the stump is a remarkable event. The branch grows and ushers in a change between natural enemies. The peaceable kingdom has begun and yet we wait for it to come in its fullness.


Almighty God, we wait with expectant hearts for your kingdom to come in its fullness. Give us strength and courage to live today in such a way that your kingdom is revealed to those we encounter. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Dr. Steven Bishop
St. Michael & All Angels
Associate Professor of Old Testament