Preparation for Advent
Our readings today begin to prepare us for Advent. In the Old (First) Testament we read of barren Hannah who while the favourite of her husband, was childless. As she pondered and prayed about this she was convicted that if given a child he would be entirely dedicated to the Lord. In time Samuel was born and like Jesus became a great leader of God’s people. Samuel stands as an exemplar for Christ. And today’s Gospel speaks of the end times; the second advent of Christ. And the epistle offers us some thoughts about how we should prepare for that, ‘Day.’
During the 4 Sundays of Advent we will focus on the themes of:
1 Samuel 1 – Reframed by a Jewish Woman – Maureen Kendler is a teaching fellow at the London School of Jewish Studies
The story of Hannah, which we read as the haftarah – series of selections from the books of Nevi’im (“Prophets”)- on the first day of Rosh Hashanah – (lit. “head of the year”) is the Jewish New Year (early spring) – provides a much-needed moment of inspiration for us to begin a New Year. When we first meet Hannah, at the start of the Book of Samuel, she is a picture of desolation and defeat, due to her infertility. Her husband Elkanah has another wife, Peninah, who has children and taunts Hannah cruelly – one of several biblical swipes at the unsatisfactory nature of polygamy and the miseries it brings.
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