December 03, 2019 (Tuesday of the first week of Advent)
Rejoice in Spirit
Dear friends in Christ, the greatest source of unity fo believers, is the Spirit of God which binds people together not minding their origin. Where people are moved by the spirit of the living God, they work and walk together as brothers and sisters, going across every form of restriction put in place by human tyranny, to share a meal and to save life.
In the first reading of today (Isaiah 11:1-10) the prophet looks to the time of one from the stump of Jesse, who will posses the spirit of the Lord to change the face of the earth. “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.” This personage will be the ideal king, a true representative of God among his people. Filled with the Spirit, he will act in the power and authority of God to bring about social justice, and be able to judge beyond what the eye can see with righteousness. He will decide with equity. His reign will be characterised by peace, because even dangerous animals who are by instinct enemies of one another, will dwell together, with a little child leading them.
In the gospel (Luke 10:21-24) we find a fulfilment of this prophesy in Jesus, who is not merely a son of David, but the Son of God and the Prince of Peace. The passage tells us that, “At that hour: Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, I thank you Father, Lord of heaven and earth…” Beyond the prophesy of the Spirit resting upon him, he lives in the Spirit, and rejoiced in that Spirit calling God, ‘Father.’ All those who believe in him, he gives also that adoption to become sons and daughters of God, and they are also given the Spirit to be able to rejoice as Jesus himself. Privately he told the disciples how fortunate they are: “Blessed are the eyes which see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.” This season reminds us too, that we are fortunate to belong to Christ. What David and Isaiah longed to see and hear and never did, has been revealed to us. Do not let go of the opportunity. Armed with this grace of adoption, work for peace. If we commit only a fraction of what we spend to make war to working for peace, the world will be a better place for all.
Let us pray: O God, open our eyes to your presence in our lives. Keep us in your love. Amen. May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen