First Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm Response: Psalm 72: 1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17
Second Reading: Romans 15: 4-9
Gospel: Matthew 3: 1-12
How long must we wait O, Lord? How long before the lion lies down with the lamb or we come to know peace in our land? This is what we are called to this second week of Advent in 2019. It is up to us to come into the silence of these days in stealing moments of calm and remembering the promise of Isaiah. There will be a day when we will know, truly know, that all creation is called to embrace the God within and see each other as we always have been: loved by a God of compassion and mercy. This God calls deep within us to acknowledge the worth of every being whether known to us or not. This God beckons us to act justly and compassionately toward people and creation. We can be dedicated to social justice causes, to the earth and her well-being, but in it we are called to honor all and love all as much as God loves us.
This is a steep challenge; a sobering one. We are called to be in harmony with one another as Paul states in Romans for we are all glorious creations of God Creator. We glorify God in this way; we do Goes will in this way because that way becomes our way. It isn’t easy with all the holiday rhetoric and hype, but we must remember even in the everydayness we can see glimpses of that equality, that love and act kindly toward one another. In those acts, thoughts and prayers we become God’s thoughts, acts and prayers. In so doing we are baptized in Spirit and calmed enough, silent enough, to welcome God into us to become one of us…Emmanuel.
Michelle Corliss, osf