Tuesday of the First Week of Advent

Tuesday of the First Week of Advent

Is. 11:1-10

Ps 72:1-2.7-8.12-13.17

Lk 10:21-24

Advent is a period of preparation. It affords us an opportunity for both remote and immediate preparation to meet the Messiah. Yet it has a colouration of Anxiety. Not anxiety of destructive fear as it may appear for those who do not believe but anxiety of joyful expectations.

Isaiah shouts it loud that there shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse and a branch shall grow out of its roots. The imagery of a productive plant is used here to convey the truth of a lasting and everlasting dynasty. Second he gives us a clue of what the ultimate delight of the shoot shall be; namely the fear of the Lord. In truth one may quickly say that the picture represented in the reading appears utopic, but the gospel passage attests to that fact that it goes beyond human understanding to the realm of blessedness

Friends in Christ, wars, hardship, pain and sorrows seem to be all over the air at the moment, yet we talk about the coming of the Messiah who will bring perfect peace. This will no doubt put our faith to the test. Is it not the case that we hear and see what we do not desire and wish: death stories, bombing, kidnapping etc. The question that comes to mind then is; has God gone to sleep? Any hope for a fulfillment of the Messianic promises?

Yes there is hope because God does not give empty promises. If we keep looking up to Jesus the one who is to come. No matter how difficult and how dark the night may be, for those who hold on to Jesus as the Messiah, their eyes will see what many eyes long to see namely peace and their ears will hear what many long to hear; the Goodnews

Dear Lord keep us humble and lonely in hope so that we can see and behold the glory of the Messiah

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