Readings for Friday of the Third Week in Advent: Isaiah 56:1-2, 6-8; Psalm 67; John 5:33-36
"Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed." Isaiah 56:1
The closer it gets to Christmas, the more hectic our lives seem to be. Shopping, parties, kids getting out of school, traveling, making plans for the Christmas day meal, etc. It's constant go, go, go and do, do, do. This would seem to conflict with the idea of patiently waiting during Advent--a time to slow down and prayerfully reflect and prepare ourselves for His coming. Although we certainly should seek that inner disposition of peace during Advent, the words from Isaiah in today's first reading remind us that, in fact, Advent is also an active time of waiting. A time to "do" something. Not merely mindless activity or what the world tells us to do, but doing righteousness--those things that lead us into a deeper, more intimate union with God. Opportunities for righteousness are all around us. There are nine more "shopping days" until His "salvation comes . . . and [His] deliverance revealed." Let's turn them into righteousness days.
God love you.