Saturday of the Second Week


Sir 48:1-4, 9-11
Ps 80:2ac and 3b, 15-16, 18-19
Mt 17:9a, 10-13


Fire and power and strength. And if that isn’t enough, suffering.  The readings today remind us that the incarnation, which begins as with an undocumented Jewish refugee family, fleeing persecution, ends with the Son of Man, Jesus, tortured and executed by the state.  And along the way, he will “suffer at their hands,” victim of the same social systems, societal sin, as John the Baptist.  John, who they “did to him whatever they pleased.”

Over the past year, within our country we have collectively named the structures that imprison, dehumanize and kill in ways that perhaps give voice to the ways which our society, and we, many times complicit, mirror that treatment of Elijah, in how we approach those who God is most manifest in, those marginalized within society.  While we may have been shocked, or scandalized, or simply grown weary, we are being asked to reckon with the world, and our place in it.

Advent is not merely a time of waiting, but it is a time of preparation.  Of preparing ourselves for the coming of Jesus, knowing that his coming calls us to act through faith, in hope, that we continue to work towards the Kingdom.  That God’s salvation offered continues to be realized within our world, in ways that are small and significant, signs and symbols of the eschatological hope.  Realized as ways that work towards affirming the dignity of each person and of caring for creation.  Ways of life, and light.

-Julia Campagna '09, Associate University Minister