Rev. Mary Kruze Zambrana, Pastor, The Japanese Christian Church of Philadelphia
Morning Psalms Psalm 18:1-20; 147:12-20
First Reading Amos 9:1-10
Second Reading Revelation 2:8-17
Gospel Reading Matthew 23:13-26
Evening Psalms Psalm 126; 62
I’ve Got My Eye on You
At the altar, God shakes the very pillars of Yahweh’s Temple in Jerusalem to bring the whole structure down on the heads of God’s people. This does not seem good. Every-thing familiar is crumbling in the demand for truth and justice. God intends to pursue and destroy every survivor of the collapse.
Some days we feel invisible. It might even feel good to hide when it seems highly un-likely that what is broken in us and around us could be put right.
Hear the Good News for Advent: There is nowhere we can hide from God. “…I will fix my eyes on them for harm and not for good.” (v. 4) The holy and righteousness God does not intend to leave well enough alone. God’s love will hunt us down to the ends of the earth. God is satisfied with nothing less than full repentance and restoration of a humble, thankful heart.
The best thing of all is to be seen and known by God. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.