Advent 2014

First Thursday in Advent - December 4th

Is 26: 1-6 / Ps 118: 1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27 / Mt 7: 21, 24-27

The readings for today remind us to place our trust in the Lord.  Isaiah urges the ancient Israelites who have lost their way to turn back to God.  The Prophet warns that God will humble those “in high places,” bring their city to the ground and level it.  Then the needy, the “footsteps of the poor” will trample the wealthy ruins.  It is important for those of us studying and working at a wealthy university to remember these words during Advent.  For us, Advent is the season of the preparation, except that we’re cramming for finals and rushing around malls or the Internet in search of quick presents.  I always have high hopes at the beginning of Advent that this year, I’ll do things differently.  This year I’ll enter into the season celebrating that Christ has already come and anticipating the joys that await us all at the end of time.  Here’s hoping that these four weeks will rest on the solid words of the Lord rather than on the quick sand of commercialism. 

Anna Moreland
Department of Humanities