Reflection for Monday, December 5, 2016: 2nd Week of Advent.

dc.contributor.authorZimmer, Craigen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorZimmer, Craig M.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-06T14:41:44Z
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dc.date.cycleYear Ien_US
dc.date.day5en_US
dc.date.daynameMondayen_US
dc.date.issued2016-12-05en_US
dc.date.monthDecemberen_US
dc.date.seasonAdventen_US
dc.date.weekWeek: 2en_US
dc.date.year2016en_US
dc.description.abstractI see today's first reading from Isaiah as an invitation, one that encompasses all of life, really, but is offered to us in a particularly meaningful way here in Advent.  The reading uses language of "return," so to me this is an invitation to come home, to return to where God desires us to be. Where is this?  It's a place of wholeness, where our afflictions are healed.  It is a place where life and energy and beauty abound.  It is a place of harmony and unity, where the causes of fear and mistrust are removed.  This is where our invitation calls us. The implication, of course, is that if we are returning somewhere, we have been someplace else.  Perhaps, in the language of Isaiah, we have been feeble, weak, or frightened.  Perhaps we have been thirsty in a spiritual or emotional desert.  Maybe we have been foolish and gone astray in how we treat the people in our lives, how we choose to spend our time, or in our general attitude about life. Some of my favorite words in this reading are "A highway will be there, called the holy way; it is for those with a journey to make."  We all have a journey to make this Advent; we all have a holy way to travel as we seek to return home to the way of living and being that God desires for us.  How can I work toward healing for myself, for someone else, or in a particular relationship?  What areas of my life need a fresh dose of life, energy, and beauty?  How can I contribute to harmony and unity in my family and my community?  How can I return? The gospel shows us how important these questions are because it gives us a vivid story to show that if we just want to wait around for things to magically happen or spontaneously get better, we're probably going to be waiting for awhile.  The paralyzed man and his friends did not just passively hope that something would change or something good would come around.  They MADE IT HAPPEN!  Our road, our holy way of returning to God is a way of action, choosing to take steps in our lives that lead to healing, abundant life, and unity.  What are those steps for us?  What holy way are we being invited to travel this Advent?en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary Number: 181en_US
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dc.program.unitCampus Ministryen_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
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dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.subject.local1Isaiah 35:1-10en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 85:9ab, 10, 11-12, 13-14en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 5:17-26en_US
dc.titleReflection for Monday, December 5, 2016: 2nd Week of Advent.en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
dc.typeEssay
dc.url.link1http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/daily.htmlen_US
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