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Sunday, December 04, 2011

Advent 2 - Reflection - The Rule of the Kingdom of God


The reflection below was prepared by the
Social Justice Group
All Saints Mitcham, in Melbourne, Australia. 

During Advent, the Social Justice group is asking the people of All Saints to reflect on a portion of Advent scripture in a context of Justice. As it was last Sunday, is to-day and wil be for the next two Advent Sundays, the pew sheets include brief reflections to include in your studies and prayers in the week ahead.

Isaiah 40: 9-11
Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings;
lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings,
lift it up, do not fear;
say to the cities of Judah, “Here is your God!”
See, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him;
his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.
He will feed his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead the mother sheep.

As we prepare for the birth of Christ our Saviour, we prepare to usher in the rule of the Kingdom of God.  This is our Good News, God’s gift to the world which we are asked to proclaim.  Attention is drawn to two key words:

Reward and Recompense.

The ability to administer either reward or recompense is in the gift of a ruler or a government. 

Our God is a God of justice and of reconciliation.  He rules with strength but, as the Prophet points out, we find gentleness within that rule.  We find with that gentleness an inclusion into the Divine Presence and into what some people refer to as the Kin(g)dom.  We are kin to our Saviour, the Divine Ruler.  He makes us his own, makes us part of his rule.  So along with the self-fulfilling purposes of reward and recompense, we find in the coming of Jesus into our history a form of justice and reconciliation which goes far beyond the outcomes of earthly governments, courts, and judgments.
As we know and understand this
In our own lives
We are then confident to say to others
“Here is your God!”


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