December 4, Monday of the First Week of Advent
Memorial of Saint John of Damascus, priest, religious, doctor of the Church
Daily Readings: Isaiah 2:1-5; Matthew 8:5-11
During the season of Advent, while most people are focused on preparing for and celebrating Christmas, we prepare to celebrate not just Jesus' birth in Bethlehem, but to look forward to his second coming. In Advent, we are called to long for the coming of the kingdom. Since we cannot long for what we cannot imagine, the readings of Advent offer glimpses of the kingdom of God.
In today's first reading, Isaiah shares his vision of the kingdom of God. This kingdom is marked by peace and unity. War is no more and the implements of war have been repurposed. Weapons that once killed human beings are now implements used to till the soil and produce food for the people. In a world beset by so much division among nations, classes, and even families, a place where division is replaced by unity and peace prevails is something worth longing for. May God bring us to his kingdom where we will be one in the Body of Christ.
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