Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Day 17 of Advent - "A lamp shining"

Day 17 of Advent
Tuesday in 3rd week of Advent

Readings

Psalm 45
Isa. 9:1-7
2 Pet. 1:12-21
Luke 22:54-69

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A lamp shining

After describing his witness to God's glory in Jesus Christ, Peter writes in today's reading from 2 Peter that, "you will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts."  We are encouraged to keep alive the prophecy of God as we might tend a fire in a lamp.

These images and metaphors can seem so beyond us because we tend to turn on the lights with the flip of a switch, however, the task of keeping the fire in a lamp burning can be a challenging one.  With the cold winds blowing and the fuel in jeopardy of running out, it can take some real work to keep the light going.

And, this metaphor is one that Peter applies to the work of keeping alive the message of the Gospel.  Of course, the prophecy is not of our making, and even the keeping alive of the message is not ours alone - God is always at work, through the Holy Spirit, and we have only to assist in the process.

"You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts."

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey


2 Peter 1:19-21
19 So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, 21because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

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