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December 20, 2016

Is 7: 10-14

Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying, Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test. Then Isaiah said: “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

May I Be Open

It’s so easy, amidst busyness and good, holy pursuits to focus so intensely on the task at hand that I forget to listen for the voice of the living God, usually in those who are right in front of me.

King Ahaz is in a similar situation. The living God invites Ahaz to ask for a “sign,” but Ahaz dismisses God with a quote from scripture: “I don’t want to test God.” The scripture is good, but in this case an old understanding is getting in the way of Ahaz’s openness to a God who wants to reveal something new.

God’s response to this resistance is not denial, but a promise: to be present to us in a way that nobody could have imagined.

In these final days of Advent, may I ask for the grace to be open to God’s desire to be with me in new and unexpected ways.

— Ryen Dwyer, S.J., a Chicago-Detroit province Jesuit scholastic, is currently studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.

Prayer

O Key of David,
opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom:
come and free the prisoners of darkness!

 

 


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December 20, 2016

Is 7: 10-14

Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying, Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test. Then Isaiah said: “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

May I Be Open

It’s so easy, amidst busyness and good, holy pursuits to focus so intensely on the task at hand that I forget to listen for the voice of the living God, usually in those who are right in front of me.

King Ahaz is in a similar situation. The living God invites Ahaz to ask for a “sign,” but Ahaz dismisses God with a quote from scripture: “I don’t want to test God.” The scripture is good, but in this case an old understanding is getting in the way of Ahaz’s openness to a God who wants to reveal something new.

God’s response to this resistance is not denial, but a promise: to be present to us in a way that nobody could have imagined.

In these final days of Advent, may I ask for the grace to be open to God’s desire to be with me in new and unexpected ways.

— Ryen Dwyer, S.J., a Chicago-Detroit province Jesuit scholastic, is currently studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.

Prayer

O Key of David,
opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom:
come and free the prisoners of darkness!

 

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!