Advent | First Sunday of Advent (Year A)
Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44
Here in Chicago, reporter Rob Wilderboer found a compelling story last week: The Chicago Police Department throws out about $2 million every year. It’s money that is forfeited by the city when police destroy the guns they seize rather than sell them to licensed firearms dealers. The decision is made for emotional, political and ideological reasons. Wilderboer sets it up as a simple choice: money for the CPD/other City services? Or the satisfaction of destroying weapons?
Working with this week's apocalyptic Gospel text evokes memories of childhood experiences and teachings in a Mennonite congregation with a fundamentalist understanding of Bible and life. Within that setting, however, my family was solidly Anabaptist in outlook and rooted in social justice concerns. My public school was, for a community in the middle of rural Illinois, a virtual hotbed of ecumenicity, with all the major and many of the minor denominations represented. All this made for some interesting tensions, especially in a family with an ethos of discernment rather than rules.
by Mary SchertzNovember 22, 2010