This is the third in a series of daily reflections on the season of Advent. Please see Advent Reflections for background.
Today’s reading is from the Gospel according to Luke (Luke 10:21-24) 70 followers of Jesus have just returned from their mission to spread the good news and to heal the sick. “Jesus Rejoices in the Holy Spirit”. This may seem a strange passage to many – Jesus thanks God for hiding the truth from the wise and intelligent and revealing it to ‘infants’ – ordinary people. Jesus blesses the disciples because they have been given the privilege of being his witnesses. The Gospel – scripture – is not reserved for priests and scholarly theologians. It is not reserved for the wealthy and powerful. In fact the Good News is more obvious to the most vulnerable. But the Gospel is good news for everyone and it’s not difficult to understand. While we can be helped and guided by scholars and priests, we need to read scripture ourselves and discuss it with our friends. We need to read and think and strive to understand and see. In the 4 Gospels the very nature of God is revealed to those with eyes to see. The greatest piece of good news that Jesus reveals is that God, our creator, loves us – each of us – just as we are! There is nothing we can do or need to do to earn God’s love. It is just freely given. Jesus’s life, death and resurrection demonstrate there is no limit to how far God will go for us. Advent is a time to reflect on God’s extravagantly generous love. How will I, how will you respond to God’s generosity?