First Sunday of Advent
November 27, 2016
“Come, let us climb the Lord’s mountain, to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may instruct us in his ways, and we may walk in his paths.”
The New Testament readings at the beginning of this liturgical year are full of ominous occurrences: the coming Messianic age, the suddenness of the Lord’s appearance, final judgement, preparing for the End, and so on. I like Isaiah’s image of walking the right path step by step and sometimes climbing the steeper way when necessary to share the view from Zion.
Of course, to see as God sees is impossible for us, but, absent the personal exertion, the pure gift of the mountain top view is lost on us. A helicopter ride to the top of Denali would never afford us the profound experience of our own fragility in the face of such magnificence.
God of Light, open our eyes to the dawning of your Son.
Teach us humility in our approach to your holy mountain.
Keep our feet on the right path as together we “go up to the house of the Lord.”
Shrine of Saint Jude