Twig from the stump
The first reading gives a beautiful image of a twig. A twig is not something special, we see them in abundance when plants begin to bud. However, there’s something special about the twig that the first reading talks about. It sprouts on the stump. What does that mean for us during this Advent?
Readings Is 11 :1-11 Palm 72, 1–2, 7–8, 12–13, 17 Luke 10, 21–24
Who hopes for anything good from the stump, if not waiting for it to dry and so be used for firewood? Yet, the first reading talks of a new plant that grows on the very stump, apparently dry and dead -new life comes up.
Olive twigs, a promise of life
Here’s the promise of God to his people, and to us too, as expressed in psalm 128:3: “Your sons will be like olive shoots around your table.” But how do olive shoots look like? When you cut the olive tree, later, around its trump shoot new twigs.
That’s the renewal we await during this time of advent. Wallowing in desperateness and when we think nothing good anymore is coming in our lives; life, to our surprise, sprouts.
We present ourselves before God, each with one’s dryness, apparent death -we present before God the stump of our lives so that he, in his mercy, may make new life surge from it.
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