Yesterday in our Advent Daily Office we left behind the first set of readings and stepped into the second set. Of the accompanying Old Testament passages in the first set, I actually had one person comment with recognition that I had used Everett Fox’s translation — it’s a little obscure, but I quite like it, and the recognition was a good thing. So with our mind filled with the thoughts of the eternal Word (Logos) one with the Father from before the beginning and the background of eternal Wisdom personified and the revelation of God’s name, we step into the next pair of texts from John’s prologue: verses 3 and 17. Together with the Old Testament texts, we find a description of the things established by the Word and a message for those who wait. The readings for the second half of this week are these:
The catch line was more along the lines of, “So a priest and a rabbi walk into a used bookstore…” not just because it sounds like the lead-in to a good joke, but because it’s actually what happened. I’ve said before that I have trouble keeping up with podcasts. I don’t take the bus anywhere, and in front of a computer I tend to prefer to read instead, which means if I start the computer playing something I still end up reading while it plays, and I miss stuff from the podcast. I tried listening while washing dishes, but (a) dishes don’t take that long and (b) people keep talking to me in the kitchen. But I really wanted to listen to the podcast of an event I was sad to have missed, from the Idea Exchange series last season: Rabbi Larry Pinsker and Jamie Howison — “A Rabbi and a Priest in conversation on how we read the Old Testament.” Fortunately, I had a perfect opportunity while last month on the flight to Vancouver en route to Seabeck for the Allelon Missional Order conversations.