Tuesday of the First Week of Advent
November 29, 2022
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, Isaiah greets us once again with the inspiring phrase, “On that day …”
That day … the one whose dawning we are all awaiting, when all shall be complete and well in God:
There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain;Isaiah 11:9
for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD,
as water covers the sea.
How will we know when that day has come? Will it be dramatically different from today or yesterday? Will time have paused and the world be turned upside down?
Or will it simply be that in my heart – right here and now – a “new day” has dawned?
Isaiah indicates that the “new day” is potentially present in the day we have, that when we see experience through God’s eyes, the stagnated stump of our lives blossoms in sacred possibility.
On that day,Isaiah 11: 1
A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,
and from his roots a bud shall blossom.
What a glorious description Isaiah offers us of the world transformed by the longed-for Messiah, that shoot which shall sprout from the stump of Jesse:
The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him:
a Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
A Spirit of counsel and of strength,
a Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD,
and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.
Not by appearance shall he judge,
nor by hearsay shall he decide,
But he shall judge the poor with justice,
and decide aright for the land’s afflicted.
He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.
Justice shall be the band around his waist,
and faithfulness a belt upon his hips.
As we pray these magnificent words this morning, we should let them thrill us with the truth that the “new day” has come! Indeed, since Christ has transformed us through his Incarnation, that “new day” dawns through us when we choose to live our lives impelled by its graces.
In our Gospel, Jesus says we can live in that divine possibility simply by trusting God the way a child trusts.
Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said,Luke 10:21-22
“I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows who the Son is except the Father,
and who the Father is except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”
Let’s know and believe that Jesus turns to us as well as we pray today’s Gospel:
Turning to the disciples in private he said,Luke 10:23-24
“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.
For I say to you,
many prophets and kings desired to see what you see,
but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”
Poetry: Advent Good Wishes – David Grieve
I found this poem in a book by one of my favorite poets, Malcolm Guite. It’s a great book for Advent if you are interested.
Give you joy, wolf,
when Messiah makes you meek
and turns your roar into a cry that
justice has been done for the poor.
Give you joy, lamb,
when Messiah saves you from jeopardy
and all fear is overwhelmed
by his converting grace.
Give you joy, wolf and lamb together,
as Messiah brings worldwide peace
and, side by side, you shelter
under Jesse’s spreading shoot.
Music: Memory – Trevor Nunn / Thomas Stearns Eliot / Andrew Lloyd-webber / Otto Eckelmann
In this beautiful song from Cats, the writers tap some of the same feelings Isaiah calls up – acknowledgement of the night, hope for the morning, and trust that “that new day” can begin.
2 thoughts on “That Day Is Today!”
Beautiful reflections that capture in Word, image, nature, poetry and song the first Tuesday in Advent! I especially loved your image of the blossoming rooted menorah from Isaiah in visual 1st temple prophecy.
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Thank you, Donna. A blessed Advent to you.❤️🙏