First Thursday of Advent

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD December 6, 2018 FIRST Thursday of ADVENT  WORD of the DAY   Trust in the LORD forever! For the LORD is an eternal Rock. He humbles those who dwell on high, the lofty city he brings down, Brings it down to the ground, levels it to the dust. The feet of the needy trample on it— the feet of the poor.    (Isaiah  26: 4-6)   How shall I live this Word? Today there is another vision: a beautiful and very large city is razed to the ground and the feet of those who are despised because they are poor, trample it. This is an anticipation of what was sung by Mary of Nazareth in the Magnificat, who saw the rich empty-handed and those who wanted to rise up lowered. This is a recurring theme in the revelation of God who sees justice as the triumph of the oppressed. Almost as though only by being trampled down   can sin, the disorder in creation introduced by disobedience, be healed. If we think of our times, it is immediately obvious to find that the poor and the oppressed increase exponentially and exponential is the growth of exclusive,...