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December 1st, 2008
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“They shall beat their swords into plowshares ?and their
spears into pruning hooks” Isaiah
Today’s magnificent reading from Isaiah – one of my
two favorite Scripture passages– challenges all of us, not
just world leaders, to work for peace.
Isaiah’s image of the plowshare is particularly apt. The plowshare
symbolizes the hard work it takes to feed the hungry. We can view
it as an admonition to care for the neediest among us. Pope Paul
VI perhaps said it best. “If you want peace, work for justice.”
These are hard times and they are likely to get worse before they
get better. We’ll all be tempted to shelter what we have lest
we fall victim to unemployment or some other catastrophe.
Isaiah’s “plowshares” image admonishes us that
we can’t do this. We need to tell our new leaders that caring
for the poor is a priority even if, heaven forbid, some of us have
to pay higher taxes. We need to toss more than a bit of change into
those Red Kettles outside the grocery store and into the St. Vincent
de Paul collection boxes at church.
We can all envision our small part of working for justice. We can
also do our tiny bit for peace.
All of us (myself included) have personal “swords” that
we need to turn into plowshares. This is the perfect time of year
to try to do that – to try to heal the breaches in our relationships.
If all of us try to change our small corners of the world even modestly
and speak out for government policies to promote peace and justice,
we may have more power to realize the vision of Isaiah than we imagine.
Have a great Advent!!!!
to the writer of this reflection.
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