Epiphany 2 - Year C
In the first verses we find "personified Transgression" living through those who listen to it. There is mischief afoot.
In the final verse the "evil doers" or "moral midgets" are found sprawled on the ground having tripped over their own mischievous feet.
Hints about how to avoid this comeuppance are found in the middle two verses. Here we are reminded about the value of a solidly grounded sense of rightness with judgments based on firm foundations and oriented toward the long-term. Here we know that salvation is universal; it is for all and won't be complete for me until it is complete for you and other parts of creation. Here we have affirmed love that is steadfast, regardless of any separations to date. Here we are called to be sources of refuge winging hope to the despairing.
In this middle section we have a protocol for water changing to wine, scoundrels turning round right, and apathy become advocacy.