The man from Iran
Ironically, this reading has come up in the Lectionary’s multi-year cycle on the very day when the current leader of Persia (now called Iran) makes a controversial appearance before college students in New York.
Today’s reading reminds us of how God’s will comes to fruition even through the geopolitical machinations of pagan despots.
Today’s reading is thus a sign of hope in a world that often seems to be turning away from the ways of God and to be spiraling into darkness, violence, and chaos.
That is not at all to say that we should just sit back and let events happen, passively trusting in the ultimate victory of truth and righteousness by the power of God.
As God’s faithful people, we are called to put our faith into action.
As citizens in this world, we have responsibilities, including the responsibility to do everything morally possible to defend against evil.
In the end, no matter what this man from Iran or any other human being may say or do, God’s will shall be accomplished.
May you and I be faithful and active servants of Jesus Christ: King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and the only Savior.