Daily Lectionary Readings for Year B
Well, we have come to the end of 2020. This has been a year like no other. We have experienced compounded suffering. But as we look back, we can also see the grace. God has been present. I have witnessed that grace through the love that you have shared with one another, the beauty of birds singing in the garden, the creativity of teachers and patience of parents, the resiliency of children and youth, the bravery of health professionals and front line workers, the determination to learn about anti-racism and to change the world for the better, the new ways to do old things, the sunrises, the sunsets...
What better way to end the year than with Scripture? The Psalm calls out a song of praise. Praise God from the heavens! Praise God from the heights! Praise God, all the angels! Praise God, sun and moon and stars and sky. Praise God, earth and sea, fire and hail, snow and frost, mountains, hills, cattle, and all creatures. Praise God, all the people. Princes and rulers, men and women, young and old alike. Praise God!
As you think about 2021 and the resolutions you have for your life, consider Solomon's dream. In his dream, God said, "Ask what I should give you." Solomon pondered - a new suit? a pile of money? power? His response, "an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil." Seek wisdom and understanding this year.
And remember, when you are discouraged, when you wonder if it matters to love your neighbor even when that is hard, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” Keep following the light. It is quite a journey full of mystery and wonder. I look forward to following that light with you into a new year.
Eternal Light, shine into our hearts.
Eternal Goodness, deliver us from evil.
Eternal Power, be our support.
Eternal Wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance.
Eternal Pity, have mercy upon us.
That with all our heart and mind and soul and strength
we may seek your face
and be brought by your infinite mercy to your holy presence;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(ALCUIN OF YORK, ENGLAND, 8TH CENT.)