Advent Reflection Booklet 2013 - Immaculata University - page 5

First Tuesday of Advent
“Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard
shall lie down with the kid; the calf and the young lion shall
browse together with a little child to guide them. The cow
and the bear shall be neighbors, together their young shall
rest; the lion shall eat hay like the ox. The baby shall play by
the cobra’s den, and the child lay his hand on the adder’s
lair. There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy moun-
tain; for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the Lord,
as water covers the sea.”
(Isaiah 11: 6-9)
In today’s first reading, we hear the prophet Isaiah describe a
powerful and harmonious future kingdom, a time when the earth
will be filled with the “knowledge of the Lord”, as completely
“as water covers the sea.” Wow! What an image! This
“knowledge of the Lord” will permeate the whole world. In
scripture “knowledge of the Lord” refers not only to an intellec-
tual knowing, but also to an experiential knowing. It is a way of
knowing that results from living in right relationships and right
relationships call for constant conversion and growth.
An important aspect of conversion is turning towards a positive
growth and a deepening commitment to God, manifested in
deeds of love and justice which bear good fruit and lead to right
relationships. Every time we turn towards God and live in right
relationships with our friends, our family, and our neighbors, we
build the kingdom of God and fill the earth with the “knowledge
of the Lord.”
In this Advent time of growth, we turn to You, O God. Open our
minds and hearts to Your Spirit dwelling within us so that we
might live in love and justice with our brothers and sisters, until
the earth is filled with the knowledge of You and with Your peace
and harmony. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Sister Cathy Nally, IHM
Executive Director, Office of Mission and Ministry
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