Monday, October 26, 2015

The Feast of All Saints Year B - Isaiah 25:6-9

Isaiah 25:6-9
The psalmist laments, “by the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept… when our captors mocked us making us sing songs of Zion… while we imagined those who dashed the children of Babylon upon the rocks blessed.” (Psalm 137) It is to captive people whose hope is the ugly vision of revenge that Isaiah speaks the hope of God where all people are gathered on God’s holy mountain for a feast of rich food and fine wine. That vision would have been mouth-watering for those whose daily bread was uncertain but to imagine their tormentors seated at the same table was beyond their ability to comprehend. But then God always thinks outside the human box. Love your enemies. Pray for those who persecute you. Father forgive them for they know not what they do. God in Christ Jesus invites humanity to the greatest dinner party ever where the guest list is not about status or income or privilege. All are invited. All are welcome. And while the “all people” party on the holy mountain God dines on death and licks the plate clean. Party on Wayne. Party on Garth. Excellent.

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