for Sunday, December 15, 2013
All that is dead can come to life. All that is destroyed can be restored.
All that harms can become grace and helpful. Lots of us have questioned
the existence of evil and harm and hatred in our world and have longed for
good and help and love. Can we really believe that such good things might
actually happen? This is the promise of the Messiah, the Savior!
Of course such transformations don't always occur when we want them to or
at our beck and call. Instead, the work of God is the most subtle of
artistic works in our world. The Prophet Isaiah was able to see the good
and the help and the love that others could not see because he had faith.
The second reading today, from James, has a bit of this same mystery and
awe. It is expressed in this way: You too must be patient. We could even
paraphrase that short statement and restate it as: be still before the
Lord and wait in patience.
We miss so much by rushing about and not looking deeply. We miss so much
by not meditating on what happens around us. We miss the presence of God
in the ordinary happenings of life by not looking for His presence there.
The Gospel today tells us again about John the Baptist, who was proclaiming
another person who would come after him. John the Baptist seems unsure and
Jesus sends only the reply: look at what I do!
Again we are invited to contemplate what is happening around us. We do not
need to have some special force from heaven come into our midst. You and I
are already that force if we will just take the time to look and to listen
and to respond to what we see and hear.
Advent! Christ is coming again! Advent! Christ is already here in our
midst and we pay Him no attention. Advent! Let us be still, let us listen
and let us respond to the presence of the Lord. He comes to save us. He
comes to love us.
Lord Jesus, truly you are my Lord. Guide me in your paths so that I may
recognize your presence which surrounds me now. Lead me in the path of
Readings of the day:
First Reading: Isaiah 35.1-6a, 10
Second Reading: James 5.7-10
Gospel: Matthew 11.2-11
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