for Sunday, December 6, 2009
Advent is such a joyful time as we wait for God in our world and in our
lives. We sense this joy in the first two readings for today, from the
Prophet Baruch and from the Letter to the Philippians.
Baruch tells us that Jerusalem will be named by God the peace of justice.
Baruch looks into the future, much as we might, and longs for that time
when there is peace because justice rules throughout all the earth. If we
are not longing for such a time, then it will be difficult for us to
understand the dreams and longings of the exiled people of Israel.
Advent is a time to renew our longings. We can desire God's presence in
our lives and desire a good life for ourselves and for others. We can hope
for cures for all the deadly diseases of our time. We can all desire a
better economy for ourselves and for others. We can desire that all
children who suffer will be freed from their suffering and know peace, joy
and delight. These types of hopes and desires help us understand the
longing of our spiritual ancestors to return to their own land and worship
their own God.
Baruch looks into the future and sees that day and rejoices in it. He
imagines Jerusalem as once more the center of the world and filled with
people who love God. How different our own world would be if each one of
us yearned for God, sought God with all heart and soul and sought always to
The Letter to the Philippians tells us of the author's yearning for the
good of those who have become followers of Jesus. He wants them to be able
to discern what is truly of value. Again we can ponder how different our
world would be if everyone longed only for those realities that truly have
Finally in Luke's Gospel today we have the voice of one crying in the
wilderness: prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths! All of
the longing and yearning is not so that each of us will be personally saved
but more that together our world will be saved and all its inhabitants. On
one hand this seems a foolish yearning and longing and one that will never
happen. On the other hand it is surely the longing and yearning of the
heart of Jesus Christ. May our hearts be one with His in this time of
Advent and may His Divine Mercy draw the world to Himself.
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