First Reading: Isaiah 11: 1-10
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 72: 1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17
Second Reading: Romans 15: 4-9
Gospel: Matthew 3: 1-12
In the readings before us today there is a lot of talk about justice, mercy, patience and harmony. What do the acts of justice and mercy look like to you? Do these virtues call for us to be in conversion in our lives? John the Baptist told the people to reform their lives. In the busyness of this time of year let us find the stillpoint that is God. In the stillness of this waiting period we call Advent we are called to look through the rush and stress and see the inherent harmony and patience in our core selves. We are called to find moments of reflection, moments where we can “sit” in the silent expectation of celebrating the coming of God again to be one with us. Emerson once said, “It isn’t what you look at that is so important, it is what you see.” What do we see beneath the surface? Can we find within ourselves true justice for those who don’t have what we have and be merciful to those we truly see? Our challenge is to be patient and find the underlying harmony in our souls, sharing that with those we truly see.
Jesus, one who comes once again into this world, help us to see the truth and act with justice and mercy. Give us the patience to spread “God with us” creating an atmosphere of harmony and celebration at your coming. Help us to find that stillpoint that is you and give thanks for your coming among us on Christmas and always.
Ellen Miller, OSF