"Make way for a God who is hiding" = Advent in a nutshell. In the reading, because Israel used "mediums and necromancers"--signs from the dead--God hid Himself from them. We do, too: we trust in our possessions. However, we ought to turn to the true signs in God's Word (chs. 7, 9, 11, 53) for the real truth. It has promise enough for us.
"To the teaching [Torah] and to the testimony [lit. to repeat]!" We're doing this tonight--letting God's Word fill our imaginations, rather than our own thoughts. [The music for the service included six songs from the Taize community.]
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Midweek vespers homily
Yesterday evening, the text being Isaiah 8:11-22, especially vv. 16-17, I heard another excellent homily. Here are the notes: