Daily Lectionary Reading for Year B
Sometimes words and images from the readings jump out. Micah writes, "Now you are walled around with a wall." Sometimes it feels like that these days, doesn't it? 267 days ago we realized the dangers of a highly contagious virus and have tried to stay in our homes as much as possible. "Now you are walled around with a wall."
But then Micah introduces to all who feel quarantined and isolated a source of hope. The little town of Bethlehem will bring into the world a savior who will act justly and live compassionately. This one shall be the one of peace.
It is good that we are walled off, protecting one another. And, it is good that we are in this season, to ponder and prepare for the one who will show us how to love even in the midst of suffering. Hold fast to what is good.
This might be a perfect day to call someone and ask how they are doing "walled around with a wall." What is getting old? What are they discovering that is new? How are they experiencing this season of Advent in this time and place?
Be kind to one another. Wear a mask. Practice social distancing. Wash your hands. Pray.