Tuesday of the First Week of Advent
(Isaiah 11:1-10; Luke 10:21-24)
A woman writes of her faith as the glue that holds her life together. She says that when her seven-year-old was hit by a car, she stormed heaven that his life might be spared. Her son’s life was spared, and she remains imminently grateful. Jesus almost sings with similar gratitude in the gospel today.
The setting is Jesus’ welcoming back the seventy-two disciples he sent on a missionary expedition. He is delighted that they witnessed wonders like demons being repulsed in his name. He breaks into praise of God who provided such powerful testimony that they, like the woman who stormed heaven, may trust completely.
During Advent we raise our expectations to see the wonders of God. We must look beyond the goodwill of Christmas which is short-lived and really meager. We dare to find in the vision of the first reading from Isaiah our hope. We believe that the time is coming when enemies will live in peace together. The adversaries we have in mind are not bears and cows but Palestinians and Jews, Muslims and Christians. We redouble our efforts and prayers in this special season for a world of lasting peace.