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Several decades ago a diocese in the northeast had a Bishop who was very strict with everyone, including his priests. One day a young priest was summoned to the house of the Bishop. He arrived for his 10:00 am appointment, “shaking in his boots”. The secretary opened the door and asked what he wanted. He said, “I have an appointment with the Bishop,” the secretary replied, “I’m sorry to tell you, Father, but the Bishop died this morning.” She closed the door and the priest went away only to return an hour later, ring the doorbell again, and have the secretary ask what he wanted. “I have an appointment with the Bishop.” “But, Father, she said, “I told you that the Bishop passed away this morning.” The young priest left, but returned an hour later to ring the doorbell and ask to see the Bishop for his appointment. The exasperated secretary said, “Father, I told you twice before that the Bishop died; why do you keep coming back?” “Oh”, he said with a joyful smile, “I just love to hear the good news!”
The joy of a birth is something that every family anticipates, but it often seems to take forever to happen. So it was that the People of Israel long awaited the birth of the Messiah. The Prophet Isaiah, in the 1st Reading, describes what will happen on that day. He speaks of it is as being like the time when a desert and parched land comes to life with the brilliant beauty of springtime, rich with an abundance of flowers. For, Isaiah says to the people, “Here is your God, He comes with vindication; with divine recompense He comes to save you.”
Several centuries later, in the 2nd Reading, Saint James encourages his community, saying, “You too must be patient. Make your hearts firm, because the coming of the Lord is at hand.” And, in the Gospel passage, Jesus confirms to the disciples of St. John the Baptist that He is the one to come. The proof of this is that He fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah by giving sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, and the ability to walk to the lame.
Then Jesus speaks to the crowds about John the Baptist, as ‘the messenger sent before Him to prepare His way.” Is He is not describing what we also are called to do in our lives—help others realize and be prepared to receive the Lord into their lives? Since we have received Jesus and the Good News that He brings, our task as Christians is to share what we have received with others. St. Augustine says about the relationship between Jesus and John the Baptist: “John was the Voice, but Jesus was always the Word.”
Like John, we are to be the voice and “to come in the name of the Lord”. There are, of course, countless way to do this. When we go to visit the elderly and infirm in nursing homes, we bring the consoling Word of the Lord to them. If we go to visit prisoners, we bring the Word of God’s mercy and love for them, no matter what they may have done. When we go to the hospital to be with someone who is sick or dying, we bring to them the Word that offers consolation and hope. Doing these and all works of charity will allow others to experience the joy of God’s presence and then say of us, “Blessed is the one who has come in the name of the Lord.”
As we eagerly await Christmas Day when God comes to give us the gift of Himself, may we be sure to give the gift of ourselves to others, not only family and friends, but to those in most need of His mercy. Then, when we knock, not on a Bishop’s door, but on that of Heaven, the Lord Himself will open up for us and invite us in for an eternity of joy in His presence.
71. Although “the wickedness of man was great in the earth” (Gen 6:5) and the Lord “was sorry that he had made man on the earth” (Gen 6:6), nonetheless, through Noah, who remained innocent and just, God decided to open a path of salvation. In this way he gave humanity the chance of a new beginning. All it takes is one good person to restore hope! The biblical tradition clearly shows that this renewal entails recovering and respecting the rhythms inscribed in nature by the hand of the Creator. We see this, for example, in the law of the Sabbath. On the seventh day, God rested from all his work. He commanded Israel to set aside each seventh day as a day of rest, a Sabbath, (cf. Gen 2:2-3; Ex 16:23; 20:10). Similarly, every seven years, a sabbatical year was set aside for Israel, a complete rest for the land (cf. Lev 25:1-4), when sowing was forbidden and one reaped only what was necessary to live on and to feed one’s household (cf. Lev 25:4-6). Finally, after seven weeks of years, which is to say forty-nine years, the Jubilee was celebrated as a year of general forgiveness and “liberty throughout the land for all its inhabitants” (cf. Lev 25:10). This law came about as an attempt to ensure balance and fairness in their relationships with others and with the land on which they lived and worked. At the same time, it was an acknowledgment that the gift of the earth with its fruits belongs to everyone. Those who tilled and kept the land were obliged to share its fruits, especially with the poor, with widows, orphans and foreigners in their midst: “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field to its very border, neither shall you gather the gleanings after the harvest. And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner” (Lev 19:9-10).
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