The days of Advent are dwindling and we are coming closer to the celebration of our Lord’s coming into the world, in the flesh, as a tiny baby in a stable in Bethlehem.
In case you haven’t noticed, the readings for Mass each day are magnificent, especially the readings taken from the prophet Isaiah. The secret is not to rush through them or just say them with no thought to all that God is saying to us through them. Here are a few excerpts from Isaiah 45, the first reading for today’s Mass:
I am the LORD and there is no other, there is no God besides me. It is I who arm you, though you know me not, so that toward the rising and the setting of the sun men may know that there is none besides me. I am the LORD, there is no other…
I form the light, and create the darkness, I make well-being and create woe; I, the LORD, do all these things…
It was I who made the earth and created mankind upon it; it was my hands that stretched out the heavens; I gave the order to all their host.
For thus says the LORD, the creator of the heavens, who is God, The designer and maker of the earth who established it, not creating it to be a waste, but designing it to be lived in: I am the LORD, and there is no other.
Turn to me and be safe, all you ends of the earth, for I am God; there is no other!
God’s Word is meant to inspire us, to challenge us, to comfort us, to encourage us, and speak the Truth to us. As we rush about during these days of shopping, baking, wrapping, cleaning, card writing, remember that the Lord is God, there is no other, no matter how frazzled we may feel. He invites us to pause each day and “turn to” Him. After all, He is the reason for the season.