20, 21:1-7(8-14); 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117
Amos 5:18-27 Jude 1:17-25 Matt. 22:15-22
The 2nd Sunday of Advent falls on the observance of World Aids Sunday. Advent and World AIDS Day is an opportunity for the church to combat the fears, racism, transphobia, prejudices, and discriminatory measures in American societies that affect those living with HIV/AIDS. This is significant for African Americans because the CDC reports that African Americans comprise 44% of all new infections. African Americans are amongst the most severely affected by HIV of all racial/ethnic groups in the United States. African Americans face an inescapable number of socioeconomic issues and challenges like stigma, fear, discrimination, homophobia, poverty, limited access to high-quality health care, housing, and HIV prevention education. These factors directly and indirectly increase the risk for infection and directly affects the health of Black Queer folx living with the disease. During this season of Advent, God is calling upon the church to come-out and raise awareness about the global fight against HIV/AIDS. We must work to support those living with the virus, commemorate those who have died, and help caregivers to provide hope with intentional care. We must be the coming of Christ’s love; giving hope to those living with the disease, helping them to thrive.
God, help us to come out as your Body during advent. We pray for a cure, those living with the virus, and caregivers. Amen.
Listen to Brandon read his Advent meditation and prayer: