Don’t the readings today sound almost too good to be true? The reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah paints a world so wonderful and so beautiful that every source of antagonism and difficulty is wiped away. Lion lie down with lamb, the baby won’t play in the adders’ lair. But perhaps most unbelievable, is that person that will judge with justice, not being swayed by those aspects of life tempt us to move away from the kingdom of God. In this unbelievable world the poor gain a fair hearing, justice becomes the delineating mark for every decision. The person of the prophet given to us, the shoot from Jesse will be one who embodies the gifts of the Holy Spirit upon those willing and ready to receive them.
The readings provided two important considerations for us. First, there is the reality that the Lord Jesus Christ, as one who embodies the gifts of the Holy Spirit as a human, shows us the way. And even though we are not always able to imitate Jesus completely or in full, we are reminded today that just as the disciples who saw Jesus and heard his words, Jesus blesses us in what we see and hear. We to hear the words of Jesus in the readings, and we encounter the person of Jesus by receiving him in the Eucharist.
Isaiah tells us that the shoot of Jesse will be a signal for all the peoples. What if we too were a signal, to all the people? What if we ask God for the grace to be the signal because of the way in which we live our lives, the way in which we care for one another, the way in which we are moved to live the gospel completely and fully? The season of Advent is a time or we are focused in a special way on the coming of Jesus in our daily lives. While we may not yet be ready to do the impossible, we know if we are more and more open to God, even the impossible becomes possible.