December 31, Year B

Inspired by Psalm 148

“Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth! Young men and women alike, old and young together! Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his glory is above earth and heaven.” Psalm 148:11-13 (NRSV)

Throughout human history, society has adhered to a hierarchy. The specific details of the hierarchy have differed depending on culture, region, and chronology, but there have always been those at the top, those in the middle, and those at the bottom (not to mention countless levels in between).

The hierarchy of creation is different. God is above all, and everyone else is below. It doesn’t matter if, in our given society, we’re considered at the top, in the middle, or on the bottom; we’re all equally reliant on the grace of God, and we’re all equally beloved by God. Wealth, political influence, and social standing have no advantage when it comes to relationship with the Lord; he alone is Lord, and he alone is deserving of our praise.

Let us pray. Exalted Lord, you have created us as your people, and you are deserving of our praise. Help us to see our fellow creatures as you see us, equally deserving of love, that we may treat each other as sisters and brothers in you. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.