Posted by: livingscripture | December 16, 2015

Third Wednesday of Advent

From the Word of the Day

“Let justice descend, O heavens, like dew from above, like gentle rain let the skies drop it down.  Let the earth open and salvation bud forth; let justice spring up!  I, the Lord, have created this.”     

(Isaiah 45: 8)

How should we live this Word Mother love

The tone is poetical.  We sense that the prophet’s heart foresees the work of God who is about to accomplish salvation and He Himself rejoices.  It does not matter that Cyrus, the great king of Persia, takes the side of the Israelites against the peoples less powerful than himself?  The Church Fathers have read a messianic prophecy in this text.  Yes, Cyrus served to re-establish order, even though he is a pagan and an alien.  This tells us that God is free to use the instruments He chooses to bring about justice and salvation.  Thus, we understand the messianic meaning that is perceived in this text.

As we approach Christmas that revives in us our faith in Jesus, we know that He has entered into history even through strange and unexpected channels.  More than the powerful Cyrus, the Omnipotent Lord of history enters into the world with the cry of a Baby.  He is not received by a retinue, but by a manger and a cave.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will thank God for the gift of His Son and for His constant presence and love.

Lord, grant that I may embrace the newness of Christmas in silence and wonder.  Let my faith come alive, knowing I am totally loved and that You love the world You have created.  Let the fact that I am Your child shine forth from me in all its nobility and richness.

The Voice of St. Augustine

If justice is not respected, where is human dignity and where are the Nations if not among the great gang of thieves?

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