for Sunday, November 27, 2011
Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down! This sets the theme for
Advent longing in our hearts. Advent is a time when we look at the final
coming first, the end of the world, and then look once more at the first
coming, when Christ came in the flesh and took on our human nature in order
to save us. The reflections and meditations on these two comings prepare
us so that God Himself can come more fully in our lives, which is yet
another coming of the Lord.
Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down! The Prophet Isaiah in
today's first reading reflects so much of the message of all of the
prophets. Isaiah recognizes that none of us are faithful and yet we want
God. From Isaiah's point of view it is God's fault that we always go
astray, it is God's fault that we are faithless and it is God's fault
that we fall into sin. God created us and knows that we have fallen and
are basically incapable of being faithful unless He Himself heals us.
Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down! This is the cry of
Advent and should be the cry coming from our hearts each day during this
time of Advent. It is not just an invitation, it is a demand. We demand
that God should come to us. How foolish we are, and yet we are foolish
with the wisdom of the Gospel, with the wisdom of God's love for us in
The First Letter to the Corinthians from which is taken today's second
reading echoes this same theme: God is faithful! If we want to turn it
into an Advent cry, we should say: Be faithful to us, O God, even when we
are not faithful to you! Come down and be in our lives because without you
we always fail!
Mark's Gospel tells us: What I say to you, I say to all: Watch! This
watching during the time of Advent is filled with longing for the Lord to
come. The more we increase this desire for the Lord's coming, the more we
can live this Advent with joy and gladness. We can increase this desire by
holy reading, by reading the Sacred Scriptures, by asking God to increase
our holy desires.
Come, Lord Jesus. Do not delay!
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