Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

December 7, 2010

Nate Tye

Senior, History and Theology Double Major,
Justice and Peace Studies Minor

Is 40:1-11
Ps 96:1-2, 3, and 10ac, 11-12, 13
Mt 18: 12-14

Isaiah reminds us today of the prophetic voice of God. A voice, embodied by John the Baptist, which came to cry out from the desert, declaring that Christ and the Kingdom of God were on their way. Ignoring this call prevents God from revealing His Kingdom. We are all asked to prepare for the coming of the Messiah and His Kingdom.

Today’s Psalm reminds us that God will come to rule His Kingdom on earth with power and justice. For the whole earth – all of humanity and nature – shall rejoice in its coming. Yet in order to bring about the Kingdom we must seek justice and liberate all of creation so that they may bring forth and rejoice in the coming of the Kingdom.

In Matthew 18:12-14, Jesus prophetically calls on all of us to accompany the least among us. Christ’s preferential option for the poor, the disabled, and the outcasts of His society must be emulated today. We must search for that single lost sheep, the lowest of the flock, for in them we shall find Christ rejoicing more than in the found flock. Walking with the oppressed and marginalized – the lost sheep – we respond to the prophetic words calling out from the desert. Isaiah told us that the Kingdom was coming, and it is through Christ and His lost sheep that these works shall build the Kingdom, on earth as it is in heaven.

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