Saint for the day: Clement (died: c.101)
Isaiah 11:1-10 – Psalm 72 – Luke 10:21-24
“There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the Lord, as water covers the sea.” (From today’s first scripture: Isaiah 11:8)
This week we have stepped into a new Liturgical year with scripture readings full of hope for the future. Would that today’s scripture passage from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah could be a reality for our world which is in such need of peace and justice for all. It might be good for you to take the time to go back and read today’s first scripture from Isaiah. Go slowly so that the impact of the words can have all the meaning intended. Would that something new could spring forth from each of us, like a new sprout springs fourth from the stump of Jessee. Pay close attention to what comes from the Spirit of the Lord: wisdom and understanding. A spirit of counsel and of strength. A spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord. Where you read, “fear of the Lord” be sure that you understand that as ”awe” as in wonder and amazement. These “gifts” are Pentecostal in the sense that they are attributes of the very presence of God to allow the life of the spirit to help us stay close to God. As you go through this scripture from Isaiah try to see how wonderful our world would be if people really took this “coming of the messiah” seriously so that we could live in a world of peace with an end violence. Jesus was born at a time when the world was struggling with political and religious factions much like we see in our world today. In many ways there is nothing new under the sun except for the possibility some would step out and into a world where they try to live peacefully with all people. If we don’t really try to do this then our world will sink deeper and deeper into chaos with more wars and mistreatment of the poor and marginalized. There was a song many years ago, “If everyone just lit one little candle what a bright world it would be.” We can take the essence of those words and apply them to ourselves by praying, “If everyone just did one act of kindness to another what a wonder could overtake our world.” We don’t have to save the entire world. Jesus is still able to do that. What each of us needs to do is remember that famous prayer of St. Francis, “Make me a channel of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury your pardon, Lord…” Lots to think about as we make our way through Advent and to the celebration of the birth of our savior, Jesus. Amen.