Your weekly reflection from Unbound
Throughout Advent, we offer a special series of reflections on the upcoming Sunday readings. This reflection for the Second Sunday of Advent is from Outreach Volunteer Coordinator Clair Paul.
It seems that each year Christmas trees, lights and wreaths line the shelves of local stores earlier and earlier, sending youngsters into a frenzy before first-quarter grades come out. Children shed their costumes on Halloween night and wake up on November 1 with visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads. There’s an air of magic and mystery that comes with the holidays, and the young have an affinity for being swept away by it.
As we grow older, it becomes harder to give ourselves over to the giddiness of the holidays. We have responsibilities, and our jobs, families and social lives all seem to be more demanding around the end of the year. There are deadlines and expectations to meet, and that can turn one into a bit of a Scrooge.
Maybe the children are tuned in to something we’re not.
The first reading for this Second Sunday of Advent comes from the book of Baruch. Chapter 5 begins: Jerusalem, take off your robe of mourning and misery; put on the splendor of glory from God forever: wrapped in the cloak of justice from God, bear on your head the miter that displays the glory of the eternal name. Up, Jerusalem! Stand upon the heights; look to the east and see your children gathered from the east and the west at the word of the Holy One, rejoicing that they are remembered by God.
The prophet is speaking to us, the people of God. Jesus came to Earth to wrap us in the splendor of glory from God. His birth brought for us the glory of God’s eternal name, so we will be named by God forever.
His presence changed everything. That’s something worth celebrating.
Children know an occasion for celebration when they see one. Perhaps some of their joy comes from seeing themselves in the Christmas story. Jesus came into the world as a baby, full of innocence, an image that children can connect with. Thinking of the baby Jesus may help them know that they are remembered by God, no matter how meek or how small they might be.
As we move toward Christmas, let’s remember to take off our robe of mourning and misery and instead wrap ourselves in God’s cloak of justice, for even the least in the eyes of the world is known and remembered by him. Let’s indulge in child-like joy as we celebrate the coming of our savior, who brings glory for all, forever.
Tis the season for celebration, after all.
Lord, thank you for sending your Son to spread your splendor and glory. Let us celebrate this season with the delight of a child. Help us to know we are remembered by you. Amen.