Daily Lectionary Readings for Year B
Elijah is a revered prophet in our faith. Elijah chose to follow Yahweh, the God of Abraham and Sarah, over the gods of Baal. Elijah was faithful, he spoke truth to power, and in a touching scene passed on his blessing to the younger prophet Elisha to carry on the work. Then, as the two were walking along together, a chariot of fire swept down from heaven and carried Elijah off. He is one of the few in the Bible who did not die but ascended into heaven. And so, Elijah is a powerful symbol of hope for the coming of a new day. The faithful waited with anticipation for Elijah to return and help us all return to Yahweh. A chair is set out for Elijah at the Passover meal. Elijah was one who met Jesus on the mountain during his transfiguration. Many thought that John the Baptist was Elijah as he baptized by the Jordan River, calling all to repent and prepare for the Messiah. Jesus seems to concur in today's Gospel lesson, or at the very least grieve over the way the world treats God's prophets. When you read about Elijah, it's a good reminder to reflect on your readiness. Are you prepared for Christmas? Not so much do you have all your presents bought and wrapped. But moreso, are you ready for love to come and upset the balance of power in the world? Are you caring for the poor and oppressed and doing what you can to alleviate suffering? Are you mindful of the God, or the gods, you are worshiping? Are you spending time in prayer, study, confession, and repentance, alert and awake to the coming of Christ? Christmas is in nine days. Today might be a good day to reflect on your preparations.