Daily Reflection
of Creighton University's Online Ministries
December 13th, 2012

Dick Hauser, S.J.

Theology Department
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Wednesday in the Second Week of Advent
[184] Isaiah 41:13-20
Psalm 145:1+9, 10-11, 12-13ab
Matthew 11:11-15

Praying Advent

Daily Advent Prayer


"I am the Lord, your God, who grasp your right hand; 
It is I who say to you, 'Fear not, I will help you.'"

Isaiah is prophesying  to the Jewish community living in Babylon.  Imagine the situation. The Jews have been conquered by the Babylonians: their cities have been dismantled;  their sacred temple destroyed; their homeland devastated. Now exiled in Babylon,  they lived as a subject people, continually  pressured to abandon their sacred Law and traditions and to adopt the ways of their conquerers. Many were executed for refusing to adapt.   It  is hard to imagine a more dire situation.

But Isaiah's oracle promises hope: 
"I will help you, says the Lord;
Your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel."

And after  forty years in exile the Persian emperor permits the Jews to return their homeland:
the Lord redeems Israel from captivity in Babylon!

We are the New Israel! Advent is here. Not unlike the Jews of old,  the Advent Season invites us to  realize our desperate need  for a fuller coming of the Lord into our world and into our personal lives. 

We listen to the oracle of Isaiah and we hear the promise of hope. We long for a fuller coming of the Lord to give us new guidance and strength for serving God in every stress-filled area of our lives: personal relationships, unemployment, financial stress, career failure, health, aging.

And the Lord says to us as He said to the Jews in Babylon:
"I am the Lord, your God, who grasp your right hand;
It is I who say to you 'Fear not, I will help you.'"

Our redeemer is the Holy One of Israel!

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