Look East and see the Light - Christ Jesus
- Friday, 07 December 2018
Our first reading today comes from the Book of Baruch. It is one of the shorter books of the Bible and it is worth taking the time to prayerfully read through. The book is written for an invitation and encouragement to a people in exile. It is an invitation for the people to repentance and it is an encouragement to them that God will deliver them out of exile. One of the versus describes Jerusalem looking to the east to see the gathering of her exiled children. In the previous chapter of the book of Baruch there is also a similar verse.
“Look to the east, Jerusalem! Behold the joy that comes to you from God.”
Both of these verses remind me of the Advent hymn People, Look East. There is repetition throughout the hymn inviting us to look east with excitement and joy. The final verse especially hits it home.
“People look East, and sing today: Love the Lord is on the way.
I believe it is a reminder to us each and every day when the sun comes up in the east that the light of Jesus Christ has entered our world. The reading from Baruch ends in a wonderful way.
“For God is leading Israel in joy by the light of his glory, with his mercy and justice for company.”