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Second Sunday of Advent December 4-5, 2010

posted Dec 6, 2010, 11:40 AM by fathermark@stmaryshuntingburg.org

Second Sunday of Advent

St. Mary's, Huntingburg

December 4-5, 2010

 

 

            It's a fantastic vision really.

Today, in our first reading, the prophet Isaiah presents us with an incredible vision ...

... the wolf as the guest of the lamb ...

... the calf and the lion ... side by side ... peacefully munching on grass ...

... the baby playing by the cobra's den ... and placing its tiny hand on top of serpent's home ...

 ... no harm ... no ruin ...

... a vision of peace ... a vision of harmony ...

 

            It's Isaiah's amazing vision of a world yet to come ...

... Isaiah's vision of a reality yet to be...

... or, really, more accurately, it is God's vision ... it's God's future... it's God's dream ...

It's God's dream for our world ...

... a world of harmony ... a world of peace ... a world without harm, without war, without hunger, without strife ...

 

            It's God's dream ...

... but, really, in the depths of our hearts, it's our dream too ...

Oh, we don't usually think about it ...

Our usual waking dream is probably something more like a vacation in Hawaii ... or a big lottery win ... or a lifetime of leisure ...

But really, in our hearts, we all share God's dream ... this great dream of harmony and peace and reconciliation ...

Scientists tells us that we all dream all night long ... we just don't usually remember our dreams ... they don't come to consciousness ...

God's dream is like that ... His dream is our dream ,though hidden in our unconscious ...

It's a hidden dream that bubbles up to the surface in the images of the Holiday season ... in movies and Christmas cards and even in advertizing ...

Smiling faces ... and joy ... families gathered together around the table piled high with goodies ... and quiet, peaceful nights, a light snowfall covering the landscape ... a world where angels keep watch, calming the anger between peoples and nations, quieting the awful sounds of war ...

It is, in fact, the dream of people, like us, who, in our daily lives have our own share of frowns and worries and families wounded by misunderstanding and separation and neglect  ...

It's the dream of all of us who watch the nightly news ... or think of a child who suffers from want ... or who raise a quiet prayer for the victims of war and terrorism and ethnic hatreds ...

This is the great dream that we share with God and with one another ... that comes to consciousness in this holiday time ... peace on earth and good will to all.

 

            This great dream ... God's and ours ... is, in reality, God's Kingdom.

The fantastic vision of Isaiah ... this dream of God... this dream that dwells in the hearts of us all .... this is the Kingdom that Jesus came to announce.

It's this Kingdom that he came to inaugurate.

It's the kingdom that Jesus will bring to completion when he comes again ... where every tear will be wiped away ... no more war ... or hunger ... or self doubt ... or disease ...  or suffering of any kind  ... or death.

God's dream ... and our dream ... is the Kingdom yet to come.

 

            And today , in the Gospel, St. John the Baptist is telling us that if we want to be a part of this great dream ... if we want to be part of the dream becoming a reality ...

... the Baptist challenges us: Repent!

"Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand."

"Repent, for the dream is about to reach it's fulfillment."

Repent .... change your ways ... change your attitudes ... change your relationships ... if you want the great dream to become a reality in your life ... if you want to become a part of God's great dream ...   Repent!

 

            Repent! ... because the fact is that each of us, in our own small ways ... we ourselves are obstacles to the dream's fulfillment ...  

No, we are not ourselves the cause of war ... or world hunger ... or ethnic hatreds ...

But, each in our small way ... we hold the dream at bay ... we delay the day of its becoming a reality ...

Our lack of patience ... our intolerance of others ... our refusal to forgive ... all of these are obstacles to the brotherhood, the harmony, the reconciliation for which we—and the entire world—dreams.

Our lack of generosity with what we have, our selfishness, our pettiness ... all of these are obstacles to the abundance for which we all dream ... for ourselves and for the world.

Our failure to trust in God in good times and in bad ... this too stands in the way ... stands in the way of the dream of peace ... sustained and lasting and eternal peace.

Repent!

Repent! And let the dream come to be!

 

            God has a dream.

And his dream is our dream too ...

 ... a dream that God intends to make a reality.

It's us who stand in the way.

And so, it's us ... it's you and me ... to whom John the Baptist proclaims today:

Repent!

Change! Be converted!   

Because God is anxious to make his dream ... and ours ... come true.

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