Posted by: livingscripture | December 9, 2014

Second Tuesday in Advent

From the Word of the Day

“Go up onto a high mountain, Zion, herald of glad tidings.  Cry out at the top of your voice, Jerusalem, herald of good news!  Fear not to cry out and say to the cities of Judah: Here is your God!”

 (Isaiah 40: 9)    

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Isaiah always accompanies us in the strong times of the Liturgical year.  His prophecies are an ancient road that seems to find its end only in the Gospel.  To read Isaiah is to become aware that Jesus’ words have a history made of expectancy, of hope against all evidence, cultivated by the little remnant of humanity that had accepted God’s revelation.  Centuries of discernment, of vigilant attention to the Good News passed.  They were sentinel people who remained on guard so as not to lose sight of the promise and its realization, ready to cry out its advent.  The gift and the content of this joyful promise are not broken into finite desires that are materialized in temporary goals.  It is summarized in a unique experience, God’s revelation, the possibility of knowing Him, of being with Him, of living in Him.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I too will cry out with joy the fulfillment of God’s promise to send us His Son and I will thank Him for it. 

Lord, make my ears attentive to the announcement of Your Good News.  Give me the strength to be among those sentinels who cry out that You are our God and present in our life. 

The voice of Lumen Gentium, 48 

Thus, the end time has already arrived for us and the cosmic renewal is irrevocably established, already anticipated in some way, in this actual phase.  In fact, the Church on earth is adorned by true holiness, even though imperfectly.

However, until the new earth and the new heavens appear in which justice will be firmly established, the pilgrim Church, in her sacraments and institutions that belong to the present time, carries the passing image of this world and lives among creatures that moan and suffer until the hour of birth pangs as they await the revelation of God’s children.

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