As we did last weekend, the image of the holy mountain from the prophet Isaiah (11:1-10) returns to the liturgy. A shoot will come forth from Jesse’s tree. And of this shoot, we hear, “The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.” Not only will he be filled with the Spirit of God, but justice will be his armor and core prerogative. For he will “judge the poor with justice … He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips, he shall slay the wicked. Justice shall be the band around his waist, and faithfulness a belt upon his hips.” Justice will not be found in the courtroom, rather on the holy mountain. This reality of justice is to restore to the poor what was lost to them, restoring them to their full dignity.
We are awaiting this sense of peace in which there will no need for the night. He will be all in all, light that never fades! And in Him, enemies will sit together, eat together, and play together… for justice will dwell in the land.
Advent is a season of expectant joy! For the first two Sundays of Advent, we await the Lord who comes in majesty. Put another way, we wait for Him, who will come at the end of time. The last two Sundays of Advent, we hear passages of the scriptures that call to mind our Lord’s coming in history. All hearing of the Word proclaimed, moves us to respond to the Word who comes to us in the mystery of the Eucharist. It is important to us to be attuned to how the Lord Jesus comes to each of us. Do we recognize him in his subtle way at the height of our work day? Do we recognize our deepest desire to know the One who is filled with wisdom and understanding, counsel and strength, knowledge and holy fear?
Pause throughout your day and welcome the Lord to be with you and let his love captivate you once again. Advent is this season of joyful expectation of Jesus Christ who comes in history, mystery, and majesty … this is the heart of Christmas.