This week the readings call us to faithfulness and to hope. The message of all of the readings is that our world is not random, but is following a divine purpose, and that God will finally bring an end to evil and rescue God’s people – and all of creation – from brokenness and darkness.
In Jacob’s dream God’s promise of a land, a home, for God’s people is given.
Psalm 139 expresses confidence in God’s presence, and knowledge and care for God’s people.
Paul, in his letter to the Romans, reminds his readers of the gift of God’s Spirit, and the hope that this gift brings, while teaching them that the freedom from sin and death that they hope for is not just for them but for all creation.
Finally, in Jesus’ parable he explains why good and evil exists side by side, and describes metaphorically the reality of a world where evil does not seem to be dealt with. He also offers the hope that the time will come when evil is finally done away with, and only goodness remains.
May we find renewed hope, and a new commitment to welcoming all, as we worship this week.