Thursday of the First Week of Advent
Isaiah 26:1-6, Psalm 118:1, and 8-9, 19-21, 25-27a, & Matthew 7:21, 24-27
Today, we hear about floods and winds, rock and sand, destruction and security in the scripture readings. Neither reading, however, is a sacred version of 'This Old House,' for, in both, God uses the images of building, homes, and cities to make a spiritual point. Our foundation must be firmly set on the Lord, which must not only be an idea but instead lived reality. Jesus reminds us that the proclamation of solid roots is not sufficient but that we must contain a just and faithful nation. Our Lord reminds us that houses built on sand crumble, and Isaiah ups the ante by pointing out that even lofty cities can be tumbled.
Our Christian journey is not an either-or situation, rock or sand, mighty city or empty wasteland. As pilgrim people, the Church traverses both sand and rock, both fertile fields and raging rivers. The question is not where we are standing but how we are rooted. For today, all three readings counsel us to be rooted in the Lord and make our belief productive through acts of justice and fidelity.
During this Advent season, we must look to our spiritual foundation as individuals and as a Church. We face a paradox; our roots must be deep, but our feet must be free. We can only accomplish this if we are rooted in the Lord and if our feet walk the path of justice.
This holy time is the season of renewal as we await the birth of the Lord as well as Christs' final coming. The Psalmist speaks of the "Gates of Justice" and pleads that they are opened. We both construct and open these "gates" through our acts of "justice," both mighty and simple. If the gates need repair or if we must erect new gates in a different place, now is the time to begin that process.
Question of the Day: During this Advent Season, will you place your trust in God, who is powerful, merciful, loving, and good?
Prayer: "Seek the Lord while He may be found; call Him while He is near." Amen.