+MY LOVE SHALL NEVER LEAVE YOU 15 Dec.’22
These words from Isaiah are comforting. All of you gathered here are seeking God but do we do so with the intensity of one like John the Baptist? When God invites us to “enlarge the space” of our tents we may find ourselves not so easily stretched. But isn’t this what the Advent season is constantly inviting us to do, to enlarged our hearts?
Isn’t this what Jesus is inviting his listeners to do in the gospel when he asked them what they had gone out into the desert to see. John the Baptist is not only a prophet but more than a prophet for he was sent to prepare the way for the long awaited Messiah. And yet “the least in the Kingdom of God is greater than he.”
Who are these least in God’s Kingdom? I am sure that each of you may have his or her own answer to this. It is certainly worth pondering. I think it to be those most attuned to their need of divine grace, those who do not have a righteousness of their own but that which is born of God. Advent has a way of preparing us for what really takes place at Christ’s birth.
(Isaiah 54:1-10; Luke 7:24-30)