Monday of the Second Week of Advent
Isaiah 35:1-10; Luke 5:17-26
An earth groaning under its downward entropic spiral longs for liberation from the cycle of life and death. For the impermanence of life and the permanence of death yields an imbalance toppling the complementarity of yang and yin. True yang to the yin would be life without end.
Nothing in the material expanse of the cosmic desert escapes entropy. No elixir of immortality has ever been found. Herbs and exercise may prolong earthly life, but everything eventually crumbles into dust.
Scripture proclaims that eternity has broken into time and united dust to divinity: The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us (John 1:14).
The origin of the universe is not impersonal but tri-personal, the primordial Love beyond being and non-being.
The Logos/Tao is not a What but a Who—the Son of God made man without the instrumentality of seed, born of a Virgin—fully human and fully divine without mixture or confusion. Distinct from the Father and the Holy Spirit, the Son reveals the primordial fact of unique personhood. Distinct from the Virgin and all the children of Adam by his divine Sonship, he is able to lift the entire cosmos to his Father beyond the grave.
The Cross of Christ planted on the soil of Golgotha, the traditional burial place of Adam’s skull, reversed the tragedy of death. No cave or tomb can circumscribe divinity or terminate its life without beginning or end. From the moment of the Annunciation when the Blessed Virgin Mary said “Yes!” to the angel Gabriel, the earth began to celebrate.
The wilderness and the parched land will exult;Isaiah 35:1-2a
the Arabah will rejoice and bloom;
Like the crocus it shall bloom abundantly,
and rejoice with joyful song.
The sun, moon, and stars bowed down to the Son that never burns out (Psalm 148:3). The stardust out of which humans are made was transfigured in uncreated Light found on no planet or galaxy (Matthew 17:2; Mark 9:2; Luke 9:29). In an age of science fiction aliens and UFOs, Scripture informs us that no odd-shaped creature bestowed this wondrous gift of eternal life, but the unassuming, selfless son of Mary who said, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves” (Matthew 11:29). Not a spacecraft, but the womb of the Blessed Virgin brought glad tidings from another world.
The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven… Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.1 Corinthians 15:47, 49
Paralyzed humanity lying on a stretcher heard the life-giving words, “Your sins are forgiven… Rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home” (Luke 5:17-26). Divine mercy opened up the gates beyond the grave to our true home in the heartland of the Trinity.
You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and abiding word of God, for:
“All flesh is like grass,1 Peter 1:23-25
and all its glory like the flower of the field;
the grass withers,
and the flower wilts;
but the word of the Lord remains forever.”
Each human person is a unique flower and word spoken through the Word of the Father in the Spirit. The communion of saints in the Trinity dazzles with the unearthly glory of deified Carmel and Sharon (Isaiah 35:2).
And the ransomed of the Lord shall return,Isaiah 35:10
and enter Zion singing,
crowned with everlasting joy;
They meet with joy and gladness,
sorrow and mourning flee away.