Monday of the First Week of Advent

Is. 2:1-5 |Ps. 122:1-9 | Mt. 8:5-11

Isaiah tells us what he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. The words were later applied to the coming of the Messiah.  The phrase: “They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; One nation shall not raise the sword against another.  It seems as though these are great words for us to hear today.  And still more to put into practice as we interact with one another. The Gospel relays the story of the Centurion who asks Jesus to heal his slave.  Jesus invites him to show the way.  The Centurion, filled with faith, tells Jesus he is not worthy for Him to enter his home:  “Just say the word and his slave will be healed.”  This is what Isaiah is referring to as the day of the Lord.  Jesus tells us that He has not seen such faith in all of Israel.  He continues to tell us that it is this type of person who will enter the Kingdom before those who expect and act as if it will be handed to them.

Jesus asks us to place genuine faith in Him.  When we do so, when we trust,  marvelous things will happen for us.  God’s invitation is for everyone.  Those who respond generously will know God’s joy, peace, and happiness in abundance.  Take time to reflect on the quality of your faith and trust in God.  Ask God to help you become stronger in this way.

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