23 Mon Mar 2009
Be created in God’s image and likeness
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For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight. I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and delight in my people; no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it, or the cry of distress. No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days, or an old person who does not live out a lifetime; for one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth, and one who falls short of a hundred will be considered accursed. They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
24 March 2009 @ 1:29 am
Jude, you have the gift of making us hearers feel solidarity with each other and with the people addressed in the text — in this caseall/anyone in exile. And then you challenge us to do for others what God does for the exiles in the text, because of our solidarity and what God is doing for us – renewing our hope – creating us -new. It’s a wonderful, life giving preaching!