Third Sunday of Advent
“Are you the one?”
John asks of Jesus, “Are you the one?” Jesus responds with words that might have come from Isaiah, or the psalm, or from his mother Mary! With God’s salvation come healing, wholeness, reconciliation . . . restoration! The blind see, the deaf hear, the lame walk, those who are fearful become strong, the hungry receive food, prisoners are set free. Look and see, says Jesus, not only with your eyes, but with the eyes of your heart.
Can our family, friends, and neighbors tell who we are by what they see us doing and hear us saying? Are you the one living the life of Jesus? Are you using the gifts God has given you to share God’s vision of healing and wholeness?
This week’s Advent Conspiracy directive is “Give More.” I’m struck by the wonder of how Jesus gave gifts: he listened to people; he paid attention to those sitting on the edge of the road, at the edge of the group, at the edge of life; he offered welcome to those who were alone or cut off; with healing came restoration to community. Jesus gives the gift of community . . . of connection . . . of presence.
Are you the one who can give in such a way that all will see and know that you belong to Christ?
Here is an Advent Spiritual Practice: this week light three can-dles and stretch yourself by spending ten minutes each day devoted solely to being in God’s presence. Try this breath prayer: With each inhale, say, “Thee in me.” With each exhale, say, “Me in thee.” Breathe God’s Spirit in, breathe yourself into God’s world.
Thee in me. Me in thee. Let it be. Amen.
Maggie Wellert, retired pastor, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
The Moravian Church