Let’s march to the mountain of the Lord
The reading takes us to the mountain of the Lord where there’s no more weeping, no pain, no war; and weapons of war shall be transformed into instruments of production. That is, they will be no longer instruments of destruction and death but of life.
Readings Isaiah 4: 2–6 Psalm 122: 1–9 Matthew 8: 5–11
In the Gospel the centurion approaches Jesus with a request in favour of his servant who lies paralysed at home. Jesus accepts to go and heal the servant; however, the centurion feels unworthy to receive Jesus in his house.
Advent is a time of waiting. We probably find within us different forms of war and paralysis that keep us lying down; the position of the dead. There’s a cry within us, a cry for renewal and wholeness. We desire Jesus to come and heal us, but there’s also a sense of unworthiness which not only makes us hesitate but also, at times, puts us off. Happily, in Jesus, the incarnate son of God, we experience the unfathomable love of God who comes to meet us right where we are, even in our brokenness. That’s the love for which we prepare ourselves to celebrate at Christmas. We celebrate God who is not ashamed to come down where we are.
We open our hearts during this advent to welcome this love that brings renewal in our lives. That’s the promise of the mountain of the Lord.
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