“There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy moun-
Let us look closely and reflectively on today’s readings. Imag-
ine, Isaiah implies, a perfect bud from a stump! That “bud,” of
course, is Jesus, born to earth long ago in a family of poor, ordi-
nary people. What a miracle we will celebrate on Christmas
Day! That humble birth and Christ’s death and Resurrection
have saved us and have opened heaven to us! The prophet’s
litany of seemingly contradictory images also offers us soothing
therapy for the soul. “The wolf shall be a guest of the lamb. . .”
How is that possible? Our God makes all things possible. Dur-
ing this Advent, we are invited to rest a few minutes each day
with the Lord. Yes, with fidelity to the Lord, obstacles can be
overcome, blocked communication can be reopened, peace can
be achieved among alienated peoples.
Paul’s letter to the Romans reminds us that we must meet every-
day challenges together, in unity. Perhaps his underlying
meaning is that we need to take one day at a time, which Advent
calls us to do, and find ways to practice the virtue of endurance.
We are urged to “think in harmony with one another,” suggest-
ing that we listen with open minds.
Finally, John’s preaching, recorded in today’s Gospel, defies the
evil ways of the Pharisees and Sadducees. He is reminding us
not only to avoid sin but to be authentic. This Advent let us pray
that we can become the persons God wants us to be.
Lord, this Advent, this week, this day, may I come closer to You
and savor Your goodness!
Sister Kathleen Doutt, IHM
Second Sunday of Advent