Lectionary Reflection for the Second Sunday of Advent

This excerpt comes from Psalms for All Seasons, commenting on Psalm 85:

Psalm 85 moves from the past to the present to the future. It begins with remembrance of God’s forgiveness and restoration (vv. 1-3), continues with a prayer for God’s restoration (vv. 4-7), and culminates with expressions of confident hope in God’s future salvation (vv. 8-13).

The psalm depicts God’s deliverance in terms of a cluster of the loftiest of ideals, variously translated as covenant commitment, truthfulness, faithfulness, justice, peace, righteousness, loving-kindness, and mercy (vv. 10-11, see also Ps. 36:5-6).


Prayer for reflection:
Provider of righteousness and peace,
through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ you reunited heaven and earth.
When sins disrupts the harmony of creation,
pour out your Holy Spirit upon your waiting people
so that we would trust you, love you, and become your agents of reconciliation
in a cruel and hurting world. Amen.


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