Dec 1, Monday

Monday, December 1 ✬ Come down!

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If your family is using an Advent wreath with candles, light one candle using the following liturgy.

Restore us, O LORD God of hosts;
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved. [Light the candle]

You meet those who gladly do right,
those who remember you in your ways.
Restore us, O LORD God of hosts;
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

Isaiah 64:1-3

O that you would tear open the heavens and come down,
so that the mountains would quake at your presence—
as when fire kindles brushwood
and the fire causes water to boil—
to make your name known to your adversaries,
so that the nations might tremble at your presence!
When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect,
you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.

When Cyrus of Persia conquers the Babylonians and the exiled Judeans are allowed to
return to their own land, the people of Judah pray that God will make it clear that it was
by God’s power alone that they were enabled to return and to rebuild God’s holy
Temple in Jerusalem. May all who are opposed to the justice of God tremble at Gods
approach! To us, they bequeath a prayer that we may pray in our own time: “Tear open
the heavens and come down!” “As fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to
boil,” may we likewise be activated by God’s love.

If you want to follow up on some places where this passage reappears in the New
Testament, turn to Mark 1:10, where Jesus sees the heavens torn open at his baptism,
and Luke 3:16, where John the Baptist speaks of Jesus’ baptism of his followers with fire.
Jesus’ disciples saw a fulfillment of Isaiah’s vision in the mission of Jesus.

For Reflection
What kinds of practices or experiences help you to catch fire spiritually?
Has God done some “awesome deeds” in your life that you did not expect?

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2 thoughts on “Dec 1, Monday

  1. After years of prayers and conversations, my husband said to his daughter who was visiting from Colorado, you can be Baptized today! Her first responce was “no” immediately followed by “yes”. We have a Wed Mass at St. Luke’s Cypress Mill, at 11am., which preceeds my and my husband’s weekly reunion groups. With only 1.5 hrs.notice, we walked into our beautiful little church with the bread of plenty in front of the alter, and the Baptismal Font, etc.,ready. The words “Be Ready”, “Be Awake”, flashed through my mind. Our Church was awake and ready to receive our daughter into the Body of Christ…Thanks, Graceful Lord, and the Body of Christ. Sally

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