Advent riffs – Second Sunday

 

In the third chapter of the Gospel of Matthew
on this Second Sunday of Advent
on this 4th day of December
in this year of our despair,

John the Baptist speaks

to the Sadducees – the establishment –
and to the Pharisees – the populist politicians who promise to throw out the establishment.

“You brood of vipers!”

John says to all of them.

“Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance.”

For all of you,
Democrats and Republicans, Sadducees and Pharisees,
All of you stand in need of repentance.
For all of us,
progressives and regressives, racists and race men, sons of immigrants and Daughters of the American Revolution, feminists and misogynists and all the -ists,
all of you, John says,
all of us, I say,
stand in need of repentance.

Produce good fruit!

Not profits and palaces, but
bread for the poor,
clean water for the people of Flint and Philadelphia,
peace for the Seven Council Fires
and for the children of Syria,
of Palestine, of Israel, of Egypt, of Iraq, of Sudan, of Ethiopia, of Eritrea, of Somalia,
for the children, for the people of all the nations.

And, John continues,
do not presume
do not presume
to say to yourselves,
‘We have Abraham as our father.’

We are the party of Abraham (Lincoln, of course).
We are the party of Franklin Roosevelt.
We are the party of the people, the party of patriotism, the party of the working class, the party of the middle class, the party of the future, the party of prosperity, the party of patriotism, the party of the party of the party of
We are the Children of Abraham.

Do not presume!
For I tell you,
God can raise up children to Abraham
from these stones.

All the children of Abraham
Jewish
Christian
Muslim
Children of Abraham,
Children of God.

Do not presume!
Produce good fruit
as evidence of your repentance.

Isaiah 11: 1-10

He shall judge the poor with justice

feeding the hungry, no more food shelves, no more food stamps, but money to buy food, land to grow food;
housing the homeless, no more leaky roofs and roaches, no peeling paint and crumbling plaster, but homes for families, homes to stay, homes to own;
freeing the prisoners, ending the prison privateers, the parole profiteers, the ice boxes and dog cages and solitary silent madness.

He shall judge the poor with justice
and decide aright for the land’s afflicted.

If God got us, then we gon’ be alright,
we gon’ be alright
in the day of the Lord
on the Lord’s holy mountain

He shall decide aright for the land’s afflicted

so we gon’ be alright
Do you hear me, do you feel me? We gon’ be alright

He shall strike the ruthless
with the rod of his mouth.

O come all ye poets who prophesy with the pen:
wield weapons of words,
strike with the rod of your mouth,
cry out in the wilderness,
in the wilderness of Washington
in the wilderness of Wall Street,
make the crooked ways straight,
rap repentance,
before we reap the whirlwind.

x x x

(With appreciation to John McCutcheon, Kendrick Lamar, and Bob Dylan for various words.)

 

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