Advent 2009

December 6 – Sunday of the second week in Advent

Today's thought

It was nearly 11.00 pm when Angus thought he would check his E-mail before bed. Inevitably he began surfing the Net. He came to a startling site with figures about poverty throughout the world. Although Angus was well-read, it was on this night that the stark imbalances in world consumption struck him.

He could barely believe the high percentages of people who still could not get a foot in the door. He found himself skipping from site to site. Unable to keep up with what he was discovering he began bookmarking the sites for later study. At 3.00 am Angus went to bed. 

This was all a few years back now. However that night changed Angus’ life for since then he has graduated in theology with a social justice major.

Scripture  

Jerusalem, take off your robe of mourning and misery; put on the splendour of glory from God for ever: wrapped in the cloak of justice from God, bear on your head the mitre that displays the glory of the eternal name.
- Baruch 5:1-3

Prayer

Gracious God, in your justice you are mindful of every person. As you guide humanity into a deeper justice bring into our vision and hearts those who stand outside. Guide both Church and world to that new heaven and new earth where no one is left behind. We ask you this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Poetry extract 

All my past hastens to defeat,
And strangers claim the glory of my love …
- From “Our Grandmothers” by Maya Angelou

For further understanding and access of social justice issues click HERE