In this episode, we consider the readings for Advent 1 (Year A in the lectionary cycle): Matthew 24:36-44; Romans 13:11-14; Psalm 122; Isaiah 2:1-5.
We welcome a new liturgical year by discussing the themes of the season of Advent. We discuss this collection of readings, unmistakably woven with a sense of watchful anticipation for the rule and reign of Christ. We look at Jesus' invitation to stay watchful and waiting for His return, Paul's instructions to wake up and love others, the Psalm's hopeful anticipation of Jerusalem's promise, and Isaiah's prophetic words about the nations streaming to the house of the Lord.
The Bible Project
--Bible Project's overview of Isaiah
--Bible Project's overview of Romans
--Fleming Rutledge's Advent: The Once and Future Coming of Jesus Christ
--Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas
Our outro music is an original song by our friend Dcn. Jeremiah Webster, a poet and professor whose giftedness is rivaled by his humbleness. You can find his published works, including After So Many Fires, with a quick Google.