FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
FIRST MONDAY OF ADVENT
December 2, 2019
WORD of the DAY
He shall judge between the nations,
and set terms for many peoples.
They shall beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks;
One nation shall not raise the sword against another,
nor shall they train for war again.
House of Jacob, come,
let us walk in the light of the LORD!
(Isaiah 2: 4-5)
How shall I live this Word?
This prophecy of Isaiah is very beautiful, cultivating in us not only the theological virtue of faith but also those of hope and charity. The prophet gives us a glimpse of an age in which the instruments of war will disappear and God’s plan will triumph: the true good of individuals and peoples which is peace.
Lord, give me a heart that forgives easily. Convert me to true goodness. Always respecting my person and that of others, let me look for and encourage everything that makes me an ‘ally’ of all those who seek collaboration and communion in building your Kingdom of peace.
The voice of Bishop Antonio Bello
To love, the verb die means to decentralize. Get out of yourself. Give without asking. Be discreet on the edge of silence. Suffer to drop the scales of selfishness. Get out of the way when you risk compromising the peace of a home. Desire the happiness of others. Respect their destiny. And disappear when you notice that you are disturbing the mission.