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Proclaiming hope


The texts for January 20, 2013 (Epiphany 2C): Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 36:5-10, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, and John 2:1-11

“For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her vindication shines out like the dawn, and her salvation like a burning torch.” – Isaiah 62:1

Did you know that hope calls us to speak and to act? Did you know the gospel message should make us restless? Even when people say that it is impractical to hope, to dream, to believe in vindication, salvation, redemption, something new, we are called to speak, to act, to live into that hope and dream and belief.

And notice, it is not for ourselves that we do it. The prophet makes it clear why he speaks and acts out: for the sake of the nation, for the sake of the city, for the sake of the world. We have heard good news of great joy meant for all people and we should refuse to be silent. We should refuse to stop working. We should refuse to abandon the dream. We should refuse to let the negativity of the present silence or still us. Because God is afoot! God’s love in redeeming the lost and forsaken. God is creating the world again. God is transforming tears to laughter, desolation into abundance, and water into wine. God’s dream is coming alive each and every “third day” (which is today and tomorrow and …) and we are called to go, discover, and declare the miracles in our midst and beyond our walls.


Featured image: “Stage Still of Arpino’s Trinity” by Sheri Candler on Joffery: Mavericks of American Dance. Check out this photo and other awesome images of incredible dancers (and information about the film) at: http://www.joffreymovie.com

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