Posted by: livingscripture | December 1, 2009

First Tuesday of Advent

From the Word of the Day


A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,

and from his roots a bud shall blossom

                                                             Isaiah 11: 1-10   

 How should we live this Word

 There is a tremor of life on the stump of the Davidic dynasty destroyed by the tempest of Assyrian invasions.  It is a very tender bud, full of vitality.  It is extremely small and fragile and it passes unobserved.  Yet, therein lies the promise, the token of a surprising revival.  On this horizon rises the reassuring profile of the Messiah, the bringer of salvation.

 This is what Advent proposes to us, this message full of hope.  We are not dealing with the memory of a past event that changed the course of history and ours as well in some way.  We are dealing with today, amid the tribulations of our times.  It is here and now that the reassuring words of God reach us.  They invite us to open our eyes to see the bud that announces a redeeming presence.  Hope is enclosed in these tenuous signs that will explode with life like a seed.  This is the proper time to pay attention and re-activate the virtue of hope.  It is as necessary as it is forgotten.  Woe if even Christians forget it!

 Christians know that redemption has already begun; that the Risen One is at the doors, present in history to make it ferment toward the fullness we all thirst for.  It is the joyful message that He holds and that brightens our days, leading us out of the darkness that surrounds us.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on this passage in reference to today’s situations and to the signs that I perceive of revival.  I will commit myself to be ‘a prophet of newness’ to those who prophecy misfortune and death.

 I thank You Lord, because even today You continue to arouse ‘shoots’ of goodness, of justice that bespeak Your redemptive action.  Help me to live my prophetic dimension in my surroundings and to spread hope.

 The voice of Pope John Paul II (Apostolic Exhortation – Reconciliation and Penance)

 Christian realism sees the abyss of sin but in the light of hope greater than any evil, given by the redemptive act of Jesus Christ which destroyed sin and death.


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