Monday, December 2, 2013

Advent Calendar - December 2

Isaiah 4:2-6

Reflection by Sister Briana Elisabeth Craddock
Ferdinand, Indiana

“Then will the LORD create,
over the whole site of Mount Zion
and over her place of assembly,

A smoking cloud by day
and a light of flaming fire by night.
For over all, the LORD’s glory will be shelter and protection:
shade from the parching heat of day,

refuge and cover from storm and rain.”

Today’s reading from Isaiah calls to mind the story of the Israelites’ journey from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land. During the Exodus, God led the Israelites to freedom by means of a column of smoke during the day and a column of fire by night. These elements served to protect and to guide the people on their journey.

In the same way today, God is with us, leading us and guiding us. Unlike the Israelites or like the Mount Zion of which Isaiah speaks, we do not have the benefit of a smoking cloud or of fire to guide us. Upon what can we rely now to know where God is leading us?

The answer to this question lies in the person of Jesus himself. The Gospels tell us of Jesus’ words and actions, thoughts and beliefs. Through Jesus we are guided to be people of compassion, patience, kindness, and love. Through Jesus, we come to know God’s shelter and protection even in the darkest times.

Questions for Reflection:

How am I aware of God’s presence and guidance in my life?

To what does God seem to be calling me?

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