FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
December 5, 2018
FIRST Wednesday OF ADVENT
WORD of the DAY
On this mountain he will destroy
the veil that veils all peoples,
The web that is woven over all nations.
He will destroy death forever.
The Lord GOD will wipe away
the tears from all faces;
The reproach of his people he will remove
from the whole earth; for the Lord has spoken.
(Isaiah 25: 7-8)
How shall I live this Word?
Isaiah’s vision allows us to perceive a new world, Paradise with its dreamlike description that leads us to imagine a mountain to which all people arrive from different directions. There the veil that covered, protected, hid them is taken away and if clouds were covering their Nations, even these thin out and disappear. This unveiling affirms life as victorious over death which is eliminated forever. What is really eliminated is suffering, tears, ignominy that all disappear because they no longer have any reason for being. Suffering, the fruit of our first distancing from God, kept this distance between us and God that we were unable to fill. The Incarnation, the arrival of the Messiah invested with spiritual gifts, fills this distance on the part of God and makes it possible to reconnect with Him. It can be thought of as a new creative action that adds to the first, the knowledge of good and evil. The veil that is taken away allows us to see, to recognize with clarity, and to choose with awareness. Suffering is assumed by the Messiah and life can return to being eternal and desired as such.
Lord, our hope is in You! Help us to give meaning to suffering by associating it with Yours and You promise to eliminate forever every tear and every type of denigration.
The Voice of Pope Francis
Here is the goal to which the Church strives: it is, as the Bible says, the “new Jerusalem”, “Paradise”. More than a place, it is a “state” of the soul in which our deepest expectations will be fulfilled in a superabundant way and our being, as creatures and children of God, will come to full maturity. We will finally be clothed with joy, peace, and God’s love in a complete way, without any limits, and we will be face to face with Him! (Cf. 1 Corinthians 13: 12). It is lovely to think this, to think of Heaven. All of us will find ourselves up there, everyone. It’s beautiful, it gives strength to the soul.
Institute of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
Comment by Sr. Silvia Biglietti, FMA