The Daily: Monday December 4, 2023

Daily Lectionary Reading: Psalm 79 (NRSV, The Message); Micah 4:1-5 (NRSV, The Message); Revelation 15:1-8 (NRSV, The Message)
But when all is said and done,
God’s Temple on the mountain,
Firmly fixed, will dominate all mountains,
towering above surrounding hills.
People will stream to it
and many nations set out for it,
Saying, “Come, let’s climb God’s mountain.
Let’s go to the Temple of Jacob’s God.
He will teach us how to live.
We’ll know how to live God’s way.”
True teaching will issue from Zion,
God’s revelation from Jerusalem.
He’ll establish justice in the rabble of nations
and settle disputes in faraway places.
They’ll trade in their swords for shovels,
their spears for rakes and hoes.
Nations will quit fighting each other,
quit learning how to kill one another.
Each one will sit under their own shade tree,
each woman in safety will tend her own garden.
God-of-the-Angel-Armies says so,
and they means what they say.

Micah 4:1-4 (The Message)
Our religions have given us a beautiful gift and a horrible curse. They have given us a vision of what the world could be, what God intends for the world to be, so to speak - swords traded for shovels, studying war no more. However, they place its realization at another time in a distant future.

The day of the Lord, the kingdom of God, however we describe it, must be here now if we are to survive.

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