The shroud over God’s people
The first reading evokes strong but sombre image that makes us appreciate not only the sad experience of the people of Israel but also the intervention of God in the life of his people. It’s the image of the shroud or death linens. What does that mean for us?
We know the shroud is the veil used to cover the dead or the coffin. With that we can understand how low people have sunk in their sad experience -they are as good as dead. But that’s not the end. The word of God expresses what God is going to fulfil for his people. He’s going to remove the mourning veil from the nations; he will remove the shroud which covers the people.
Readings Isaiah 25: 6–10 Psalm 23 Matthew 15: 29–37
The shroud in your life
Today, similarly, the word of God, this time of Advent, reminds us of our own situations of death. However, we are not meant to remain under the cover of grave linens. They shall be removed for they will no longer be necessary. Where there’s life linens for the dead become useless. That’s the consoling message of Advent.
That’s why the feast which God prepares is not the for the mighty, but the little ones, those who recognise their poverty and their situations of death.
We present ourselves before God with our different forms of death linens that cover us; let’s allow him to call us to life.
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