Tuesday of the First Week

Readings

MT 8:5-11

LK 10:21-24

Reflection

Have you ever seen a young child play or read a rudimentary story written by small hands? If you listen, you’ll notice a common thread in each winding, yet carefully constructed story from a wild, pure imagination: a happy ending. The family is always together, safe and warm. Love is requited. The good guys win the battle. The cow and the bear are neighbors. And, the poor come to know richness. 

In today’s first reading, the prophet Isaiah lays out God’s vision for his people, “There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD…” His words conjure up an unusual peace in which the most unlikely of beings come together; challenging us to set aside preconceived notions of what is and isn't possible. It’s a lot like a children’s story.   

Through justice and faithfulness, the Lord brings to being a world that is truly a glorious dwelling. I’m reminded of some of my favorite moments. Waking up from a late afternoon nap to my mom cooking dinner in the kitchen, and feeling her care emanating like the steam from the pot on the stove. Sitting in a cave under a waterfall with some of my closest friends, singing along to the sounds of a guitar. Tucked inside a cafe sipping tea, watching a group of people spontaneously dance to the band playing outside. They start to laugh, dispersing as the rain begins to pour. Something bubbles up inside me: the Goodness of God. 

If we take the time to notice, we’ll catch these instances of the vision God has for his people. But, as the Gospel of Luke brings to light, the vision must be a shared one.  Jesus rejoices in the Holy Spirit, he thanks the Father for revealing the hidden things of heaven and earth. It is up to us to look for, see, and act upon what has been revealed to us. Sometimes, it’s right before our eyes in the everyday, lived moments of our somewhat ordinary existence. 

This advent, I invite you to slow down, to get back to the basics. Put your phone down. Turn off the radio. Pause from your scrolling of social media. Leave work at work. Breathe deep. Be in the present moment. Become like a child again so that you can hear God. Hear that small, still voice inside, beckoning us home, to Him.  

Deanna Wolf, ‘10
Catholic Charities, Diocese of San Diego