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Reflection for Dec 5, 2007

Remade in the Image and Likeness of God"

Today's Mass Readings

In today’s first reading from Isaiah we join the prophet on the mountain of the Lord, Zion, which in biblical literature serves as a symbol of the heavenly Jerusalem and of God’s holy reign. Isaiah 25, from which today’s reading is taken, falls within a section of the prophetic book called the “Apocalypse of Isaiah,” an oracle about the “Day of the Lord.” Writing before the coming of the Messiah, Isaiah prophesizes about this symbolic “day,” the future Messianic period when God will come to restore righteousness and justice to the earth. Interestingly, we are told that on this day, upon this holy mountain, God will provide his people with “a feast of rich food and choice wines, juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.” Thus the Lord’s desire to nourish and support his people is directly linked to his concern for satisfying their hunger and their thirst for justice and salvation.

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Reflection for Dec 4, 2007

“Blessed are the Eyes that See what You See"

Today's Mass Readings

The first reading for today is taken from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. In it Isaiah foretells what will happen when the Messiah arrives. Mention is made of a “stump” and a “root” of Jesse. Jesse was King David’s father, and so this highlights the Davidic lineage of the Messiah. The Messiah would be a stump or root from Jesse, because he would be a son of David. The passage also speaks about a future ingathering of the Gentiles, where Gentiles and Jews would be united in their worship of the one true God.

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Reflection for Dec 3, 2007

Beginning the Advent Journey"

Today's Mass Readings

Today’s readings speak of anticipation – the anticipation so characteristic of this season of Advent. We are waiting, waiting, waiting… and for what? Isaiah speaks of both the calamity that will befall many, but also, in today’s passage, of the salvation that awaits those who remain faithful. For the holy of Zion, there will be over them “A smoking cloud by day and a light of flaming fire by night. For over all, the LORD’s glory will be shelter and protection: shade from the parching heat of day, refuge and cover from storm and rain.” This echoes the Exodus imagery of the time when the Hebrew people were fleeing from their slavery in Egypt. The smoking cloud, the flaming pillar was the sign of God’s presence with the people. It was the shelter and protection given to the people. For what are we waiting, then? Isaiah tells us we are waiting for this special presence of God among us.

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Reflection for Dec 2, 2007

The Vision of God"

Sunday Mass Reading

We all dream dreams. We dream our children will have better futures. We dream of the new house we will have. Young people dream of their careers. What would it be to have no dreams?

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Reflection for Dec 1, 2007

Apocalypse and God's Kingdom"

Today's Mass Readings

Appropriately, on this final day of the liturgical year, we have reflections about the apocalypse, or the second coming of Jesus. “Apocalypse” in Greek literally means “revelation” or “pulling back the veil.”

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