Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Isaiah 61:10 - 62:3

Year B - Christmas 1 or Blessed Body 1
December 28, 2014

Rejoice, you’re covered.

We’ve heard about swaddling clothes for a baby in a manger. It is all too easy to forget that vestiges of those early protective-so-you-can-grow wraps continue with us for all of life. We just need to remember and revision them.

For those who have grown beyond baby stage it will be important to remember your aura that wraps you around all your growing days. From the inside out a three-stage aura holds:

  • an orientation toward what is right and helpful for self and others, 
  • connecting points for relationships with others, and
  • a patina of dust in which small sparkly flowers grow and bloom as a part of creation.

This takes us through the end of chapter 61. It is not necessary to go on to chapter 62 where we hear about much lesser coverings such as vindication, a crown of beauty, a royal diadem. Each of these don’t seem to know when to stop and soon cover over what is right, connections with others for their sake, and simple all-over beauty.

No one in the congregation will really mind if you only read the first 2 verses of this pericope. It will make a difference not to bring in power language to a gift party.

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