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2nd Sunday in Advent

Peaceable Kingdom

By Fr. Frank Reitzel, C.R.

Today’s prophecy of Isaiah is considered by some to be one of the most moving and impressive texts of the Bible. Writing between 801 and 780 B.C.E., Isaiah uses both wisdom and poetry to express a deep sense of God’s passionate caring for God’s people, and in fact, for the whole universe. Isaiah announces that from the line of David will come a new king. Filled with the gifts of the Spirit, he will rule in faithfulness to the living God, and in his reign there will be justice in the land as the poor and the powerless will be freed from oppression.

Here Isaiah is imagining the joys that the Scriptures commonly refer to as the peaceable kingdom. The violence we are so familiar with in our time is absent. Killing, the likes of which we see every day in our news media, is not instinctive, and harmless creatures are completely safe even in the company of predators. In this peaceable kingdom we do not have to worry about the safety of our children. There will be no terrorists, no suicide bombers, no drug busts. “From the smallest bacteria to the largest whale, creation will enjoy a harmony never seen previously” (Overberg). This is the ultimate realization and fulfillment of the reign of God; it is in our midst.

Today our world has people desperately searching for reasons for hope. Ours is a world torn with wars and political upheavals. In these times one cannot help but ask, “Is Jesus still present and ‘available’? Is his Spirit still the empowering force it once was?” To these anxious questions, old and new, Isaiah’s ancient prophecy rings with an unmistakable YES.

Paul’s words to the Romans are intended to reaffirm Isaiah’s prophecy. For many of us Paul’s writings can be a mystery. But many gradually grow into an appreciation of him and his message. We at Resurrection Ministries pray you’ll find what Paul describes so beautifully: for people like ourselves who are searching for meaning and intelligible answers to our stressed world. Paul encourages us to trust the Scriptures—the readings we hear every Sunday – God’s Word. We will find them to be a true source of real hope.

Newcomers to Scripture often find that people like Isaiah and Paul and John the Baptist speak a foreign language. But listen to one another in your faith sharing group. The stories of the past are not as strange as they, at first seemed. Biblical persons are our real ancestors. Their story has so much to do with our story. Our journey is the continuation of theirs and, if we take the time to notice, we will see that these Bible persons from the past are actually walking with us today.

The bottom line of today’s readings is this: if we limit God’s entry into our lives we limit the power and peace of God’s Spirit – our primary lifeline to a God “who is compelled to share his divine life with all of us.” Without the Spirit, we will remain hopelessly adrift. If we remain disposed to God’s Word and God’s promised Spirit present weekly in our small groups (Celebrating the Word); the narratives of the Advent Gospels will reach beyond nations and down into all human hearts (cf. Father/Professor John F. Kavanaugh, S.J.).



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