The reading of Isaiah through these
Advent days now turned dark and cold where I am has revived hope and faith in
my heart, running with me each day, like a song that stays on your mind. Today, no different.
"Shout with a loud voice, Jerusalem, Shout without fear.
Say to the towns of Judah, ‘Here is your God!”
Tooday another theme enters the song. The God of “caritas,” the God of
“He is like a shepherd feeding his flocks, gathering lambs in his arms…”
This wonderful, great Creator is simply the One who Loves. It is his motive in
everything he has done and will do. There is no greater sign of this love than the Cross. There is also no greater lesson for us who are made in his image and likeness, and who proclaim to follow him.
Earlier I wrote earlier that there is faith and hope, and that they cannot exist without love. What is the love our Lord calls us to? The love of being third. God first, everyone else second. The love of being the humble servant who gives himself over to complete service. The love reflected back to God that comes from him initially.