Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalms 72:2,7-8,12-13,17; Romans 15:4-9; Matthew 3:1-12
It’s so easy sometimes to find ways of avoiding responsibility. But, clever as we may be at covering up and rationalizing our misdeeds, the consequences are merely postponed — never avoided. No amount of covering up can free us from the consequences of our actions. We sow, and we reap. And this is why the Biblical writers never cease calling us to repentance, in the manner of John the Baptist in today’s Gospel Lesson.
Our past must be resolved before we can live gracefully in the present and look hopefully into the future.
There is a legend, out of the Middle Ages, in which a young woman is expelled from Heaven. She is told that if she would bring back…
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