Friday, December 08, 2006

Isaiah 3:8-15; Psalms 16, 17; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12; Luke 20:41-21:4

Long ago I heard Scripture described as a love letter from God to us. We see his love on every page. Sometimes it’s good to read Scripture as a call to action. The story in Luke 21:1-4 in today’s Gospel is a call to action for sure; it’s the story of a poor widow who gave sacrificially. Jesus noticed her contributing her small offering at the temple. Her faithfulness amazes me. I’m sure she was tempted to keep those coins for clothing, blankets, or food. Widows in that time didn’t have a lot of status, and she was poor. Did she trust God’s love and faithfulness that much? I pray to be able to give like her.

At other times, what God gives us from his word is the simple message that, no matter what, God loves us and will care for us. I think that widow knew that. Once in Florida I saw a gopher tortoise rehabilitation hospital. It was at a marine science center. After visiting some grand sea turtles with their patched shells, we were shown the gopher tortoises (burrowing land tortoises), each with their patched shell, now safe and healthy. My heart went out to those slow creatures and the humans who cared to help them.

Psalm 17:7 says, “Show the wonder of your great love.” David here reminds his readers of what Jews knew to be true: God promised to love us. Moses recalls to the people of Israel God’s covenant to love in Deuteronomy, chapter 7, and he reminds them that God loved them first. Advent is a reminder that God cared to love us and that he loved us first. He reached down and made a covenant to love the people of Israel, and he sent Jesus for all of us, so we’d be safe.

- Linda Merola

No comments: