By Marisa Strizzi
Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Advent devotional, week 4

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This Advent devotional comes from Devocionales 2022, a book of devotionals produced by the Movimiento de Mujeres Anabautistas Haciendo Teología desde América Latina (MTAL — Movement of Anabaptist Women doing Theology from Latin America) The daily devotionals can also be found on the Libro Devocional MTAL Facebook page.




 

 

“And the crowds asked him, ‘What, then, should we do?’” — Luke 3:10 (NRSVUE)


We human beings believe we can save ourselves, and we generally interpret "save yourself" as "every person for themselves." When it is announced to us that the time is approaching when the chaff is to be separated from the wheat, in order to be burned, our fear for our own salvation puts on our lips the urgent question: "What should we do?”

John the Baptist's answer in the gospel account prepares us: What we must do is neither by ourselves nor for ourselves, but by and for everyone else around us. 

If we do not look at it this way, we will not be able to receive the good news, since salvation is not our work, but Jesus' work. And Jesus’ righteousness exceeds ours. On the one hand, he receives us as we are and saves us unconditionally; on the other hand, he asks us to practice a love that has no limits.

Because the one who comes after John the Baptist doesn't just ask us to share what we have, to work and to live honestly. He commands us,

“If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who asks of you, and if anyone takes away what is yours, do not ask for it back again.” (Luke 6:29-30 NRSVUE).

Pray: 

Our God, may we learn that we do not save ourselves, nor do we restore righteousness in the world by our own hands. May we understand that it is your righteousness that separates the chaff from the wheat. And may Jesus, who baptizes us in the Holy Spirit and fire, guide us to discover our human limitations and change us for the well-being of those around us.

Editor's Note: Marisa Strizzi is Argentine and a member of the Iglesia Menonita de Buenos Aires. She has a doctorate in theology and works as a professor in the Red Ecuménica de Educación Teológica (Ecumenical Network of Theological Education) and in the Instituto de Pastoral Contextual (Contextual Pastoral Institute).


Lo que debemos hacer

Esta meditación de Adviento viene de Devocionales 2022, libro de devocionales producido por el Movimiento de Mujeres Anabautistas Haciendo Teología desde América Latina (MTAL). Los devocionales diarios se encuentran también en Facebook Libro Devocional MTAL.

“Entonces la gente le preguntó: ¿Qué debemos hacer?” Lucas 3:10 (DHH)


Los seres humanos creemos que podemos salvarnos a nosotros mismos y generalmente traducimos “salvarse a uno mismo” por “sálvese quien pueda”. Cuando se nos anuncia que se acerca el tiempo en que la paja va a ser separada del trigo para ser quemada, el miedo por nuestra propia salvación pone en nuestros labios la pregunta urgente: “¿Qué debemos hacer?”.

La respuesta de Juan el Bautista en el relato del Evangelio nos prepara: Lo que debemos hacer no es ni por nosotros ni para nosotros, sino por y para las demás personas que están a nuestro alrededor. 

Si no damos este giro no podremos recibir la buena noticia, ya que la salvación no es obra nuestra, sino de Jesús. Y la justicia de Jesús nos excede. Por un lado, nos recibe como somos y nos salva incondicionalmente; por el otro, nos pide que practiquemos un amor que no tiene límites.

Porque el que viene después del Bautista no solo nos pide que compartamos lo que tenemos, que trabajemos y que vivamos de manera honrada. Él nos dice que:

”Si alguien te pega en una mejilla, ofrécele también la otra: y si alguien te quita la capa, déjale que se lleve también tu camisa. A cualquiera que te pida algo, dáselo, y al que te quite lo que es tuyo, no se lo reclames”. Lucas 6:29-30.

Oremos:

Nuestro Dios, que podamos aprender que no nos salvamos a nosotros mismos, ni restauramos por nuestra mano la justicia en el mundo. Que podamos comprender que es tu justicia la que separa la paja del trigo. Que Jesús, quien nos bautiza en Espíritu Santo y fuego, nos guíe para descubrir nuestras limitaciones humanas y nos convierta para el bien de quienes nos rodean.

Editor's Note: Marisa Strizzi es argentina y miembro de la Iglesia Menonita de Buenos Aires. Es doctora en teología y se desempeña como profesora en la Red Ecuménica de Educación Teológica y en el Instituto de Pastoral Contextual.


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