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Tuesday, first week of Advent

December 5, 2006

Blessed Tuesday!

Readings:
Isaiah 11:1-10 (God’s holy leadership brings security)
Psalm 72: 1, 7-8, 12-13, 17 “Justice shall flourish in His time, and fullness of peace forever”
Luke 10: 21-24 (God reveals to children what He hides from the clever)

In colorful imagery, Isaiah whets our appetite for the way of life that brings harmony and security. He tells us that a shoot will sprout from the remnant of David’s glorious throne, a shoot filled with the Holy Spirit of God Himself. Through this Spirit, which is Love personified, sacrificial love is applied to every aspect of life. This Spirit gives us Wisdom, through which love shows us how everything fits together in God’s plan. He brings the gift of Understanding, in which love enables us to delve deeply into the meaning of supernatural truths, and to put them into practise. The Spirit gives us Knowledge; love’s ability to rise to God through the goodness of created things instead of clinging to creation for its own sake. He also gives us Counsel, through which we discern the loving plan of God and follow it. He gives us Piety; a childlike love of God as Father that leads us to glorify Him (think of little boys boasting about their daddies). The Spirit of Love fills us with Fortitude, which is the supernatural power of love that equips us to do what’s right despite opposition. Finally, this Spirit fills with the Fear of the Lord; a love so intense that we cannot bear the thought of ever being separated from the One we Adore.

When these forms of love are all put into practise, especially in those who lead, God’s sacred order is restored in our lives. That brings such peace and harmony that there is no danger, nothing to fear. The wolf is the guest of the lamb. The calf and the young lion browse together. And a little child shall lead them.

Jesus, filled with this same Holy Spirit, rejoiced as He praised His Father for revealing to little ones the mysteries that remain hidden from the clever. He came as a little one, as the Child of Bethlehem, and He called little ones; the Apostles, who would be filled with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. As these childlike men laid down their lives for the flock Jesus entrusted to their care, the Church became the Kingdom of God, where love unites the mighty with the powerless in a common bond of holiness.

May we welcome the Spirit who wants to give and to teach us to use His gifts
for the building up of the Kingdom where God is all in all and love brings life.

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