Monday of the Second Week of Advent, Dec. 5, 2016
The beginning of the 35th verse of Isaiah describes a great explosion of joy expressed by blooming and flowering of the physical world. These powerful images and the vision of a world transformed by the love of God strengthen us as we wait in joyful anticipation. We share Isaiah’s vision of a time when:
“The desert and the parched land will exult;
the steppe will rejoice and bloom.
They will bloom with abundant flowers,
and rejoice with joyful song.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to them,
the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
they will see the glory of the LORD,
the splendor of our God.”
This season of Advent is a time for us to practice seeing the glory of the Lord among us. He is present now but we miss him if we can’t quiet our minds and open our hearts. As we learn to see him more clearly and serve him more faithfully in others, kindness and truth shall meet around us; justice and peace shall kiss and embrace our families and communities.
Photo by Pat and Mike Scimeca, Jackson, New Jersey—"We never had a Nativity Scene outside our home (always several in the house) and were looking for one. At that point there was a lot of talk about people not being able to display religious scenes. We then doubled our efforts to find the most beautiful Nativity we could find. There was one year we had to shovel out the scene. We now display it outside our home letting everyone know we have the right to display it and we are proud of our Christian Faith."
Click here to go to USCCB Readings for today:
- Reading 1, Isaiah 35:1-10
- Responsorial Psalm and Alleluis, Psalm 86:9AB AND 10, 11-12, 13-14
- Gospel, Luke 5:17-26