Reflections for the Second Week of Advent – Isaiah’s Dream

By Judy Allison

The young mother sat in a pew a few rows ahead of me with an older toddler snuggled between her and her husband and an infant no more than six months old in her arms.  She rocked gently so as not to disturb the others seated close to her. She looked down at the infant with a gentle love, and he looked back at her. Their gaze locked for a long moment.  Then, for no apparent reason other than that love must express itself, he smiled up at her.  And for that moment, all of us who saw it were touched by love as if by starlight and angel song.

It was the stuff of which dreams are made.

On the second Sunday of Advent, we hear from the prophet Isaiah, whose vision dreams of a new and powerful king who comes to save the people – God’s people.  This king’s power emanates from the spirit of the Lord.  Different from all earthly kings, this “good” king will possess wisdom, understanding, good counsel, right judgment, knowledge, strength and he will “delight in the Lord God.”

Under the reign of this “good” king, the wolf and the lamb, the leopard and the kid, the lion and the calf, the bear and the cow “shall browse together – with a little child to lead them.”  This, too, is the stuff of which dreams are made.

We long for an era of peace where love is abundant; where neither animals nor people prey upon each other; where no one goes to sleep in fear; and where home is more than a cardboard box or a tent or a 10’ x 12’ FEMA trailer; where drinking water is clean and plentiful and bread is everywhere broken and shared.

As we enter more deeply into this season of Advent, let us remember that we are called by our Baptism to help bring about the dream that is revealed through the life, mission, death and resurrection of Jesus, the Christ.  We are called to dream the dream.  We are a people of the Covenant.

Sometime during this week, find a quiet spot to rest, take a deep breath and let it out slowly.  St. Augustine asked, “What good does it do for Jesus to have been born in a stable so long ago, if he is not born anew in our hearts today?”  Sit with this for awhile.  What words and images come to mind?

Judy Allison is a long-time friend of the Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart.

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5 Responses to Reflections for the Second Week of Advent – Isaiah’s Dream

  1. Sr. Dianne Livingstone says:

    Wow! The simple message of peace comes through so clearly. I,too, love to watch mothers with their children. It is interesting to compare the way they relate and the way fathers relate. I love to find that same look between a teen and a parent. You know it has grown there and it matters not what has happened over the years. It is the innocent love that we need to nurture in the folks with whom we come in touch. Thank you for a beautiful reflection to ponder in these “busy” days before Christmas.

  2. Marilyn Dunphy says:

    Judy, what a beautiful reflection to ponder as we anticipate the Incarnation of God. The mutual loving gaze between mother and child and the words “for no apparent reason, other than that love must express itself”, are apt images of God’s desire to live among us.

  3. Erma Durkin says:

    This is a much appreciated reflection. Thank you Judy.

  4. Dolly says:

    Judy,
    Thank you for this thought provoking reflection. Love is all around us and we are able to give it birth during this Advent Season.

  5. Stan Livengood says:

    Judy, I love the Lion and the Lamb picture and am interested in possibly using it. Do you know who the artist is or who owns the copyright?

    Stan L.

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