Our Sunday Scriptures continue preparing us to receive a revelation of “one who is coming after me [who] is mightier than I,” in the words of John the Baptist. The Baptist echoes the sentiment of our first reading from Isaiah: “… the glory of the Lord shall be revealed … for the mouth of the Lord has spoken. … Here comes with power the Lord God, who rules by his strong arm.” We marvel at Scripture’s depiction of the seven days of creation and God’s careful crafting of the universe. Our Advent Scriptures direct our attention to a subtler but equally marvelous description of God’s careful planning of incarnation. Things like creation or incarnation don’t happen by accident with God! And we marvel that this cosmic, strong Divine purposefulness is the ultimate expression of God’s care for us, for it is done on our behalf! “Comfort, give comfort to my people,” says the Shepherd God as he “gathers the lambs, carrying them in his bosom….” If you are into classical music, this would be a good week to listen to Handel’s Messiah!
– Blog entry by Sister Mary Garascia
Always a joy to read your reflections. Singing part of the Messiah for midnight Mass. Also got to sing for the beatification ceremony of Fr. Solanus. Sr. Claire would be proud of me.