Tuesday of the First Week in Advent
Malvern Minute

 

Tuesday of the First Week in Advent

December 3, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Memorial Feast:  Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552) Patron of Catholic Missions

Isaiah 11:1-10

Psalm 72

Luke 10:21-24

I must admit that I have always been partial to the great prophet Isaiah.  His message has always come to me crystal clear, and, in today’s reading, he does it again.  I am struck by Isaiah’s blending of the past, present, and future.  He begins with a reflection on the past when he says, “A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse.”  Jesse was a key figure in the Old Testament.  He was the father of King Davin and the grandfather of Solomon.  Isaiah constantly reminded the people about Jesse and of the prosperity of Israel during the reign of his son and grandson.

Isaiah live about 250 years after the time of David and Solomon and he did his work in and around Jerusalem.  Much of the conditions of Israel had changed from the days of the great kings.  David and Solomon’s successors led wicked lives and displeased God and the Kingdom of Israel fell on hard times.  The great kingdom of Assyria and Babylon arose and eventually led to the captivity of the people of Israel and the great exile. 

Today Isaiah recalls for the people the good times of David and Solomon.  He contrasts those with the conditions of the present; and then he very importantly turns to the future.  He uses the image of a shoot sprouting from a tree stump from which a large tree will grow and blossom.  The shoot he speaks of is Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Isaiah believes that in the future there will arise a kingdom of peace ruled by this descendant of Jesse.

The prophecy of Isaiah is a good introduction as we begin our Advent journey.  We must listen to the words of this great prophet which encourages us to have the same longing and expectation of the coming of the Christ child just as he did.  May we all remember these words as we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior on Christmas Day. 

Question of the Day:  How are you preparing yourself for the coming of the Lord?

Prayer:  Lord God, open my eyes to the coming of your Son as He brings us hope and salvation.

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