Still with me on this cheat sheet for Advent? How are the wisdom and insights informing how you encounter the texts of the season - both the official ones and the Winter Wonderland variety? Now we hear about wildernesses, hanging out down by the river, and highways and byways.
This week the lectionary offers a gospel text for the Psalm - because the song of Zechariah is essentially a psalm. It just isn't a Psalm. So first a review of the literary styles of the Bible, and then Psalms (which is strange since there isn't a Psalm this week!) And I repeat my little bit that I don't always agree with their total presentation of some things (David's is most likely an over credited psalm writer).
In the actual Gospel lesson, we meet John who is baptizing and rabble rousing and challenging the systems down by the riverside. This video dives more into the larger ongoings: free reconciliation when the Temple is charging, strange bold generosity and other fascinations!
Lastly, today is a survey of the letter to the Philippians. This is a season of sharing and an invitation to fresh discipleship.
There are always three good questions for your lifelong learning in the way of Jesus. Perhaps you want to journal or comment on your responses.
- What leaped out at you?
- What do you want to know more about?
- How does God speak to your life in these summaries?