Tuesday 2nd Week of Advent

Sometimes a picture is the best commentary on scripture. Here’s one I find more powerful than any commentary I might read. The Good Shepherd will go in search of any of his flock lost in those distant mountains, the mountains Isaiah describes that God will bring low, providing a path for exiles on their journey to Jerusalem.

Like a shepherd he feeds his flock;
        in his arms he gathers the lambs,
    Carrying them in his bosom,
        and leading the ewes with care. ISAIAH 40

Jesus said to his disciples:
“What is your opinion? 
If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray,
will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills
and go in search of the stray? 
And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it
than over the ninety-nine that did not stray. 
In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father
that one of these little ones be lost.”

MATTHEW 8:12-14

Today’s also the feast of St. Nicholas. He’s the patron of Russia as well as the model for Santa Claus. Two video for children, but we can watch too:

5 thoughts on “Tuesday 2nd Week of Advent

  1. Liz Forest

    In the words of Dan Berrigan, “The arm of God is a tender enclosure; it enfolds the helpless and harmless. Thus strength and gentleness are united.”
    From Isaiah 40,11 “Like a shepherd he feeds his flock;
    in his arms he gathers the lambs,
    Carrying them in his bosom,and leading the ewes with care.”


  2. Gloria

    Advent Women

    He is coming,
    the Precious Christ,
    to be born
    as a little baby
    of a woman,
    human, like me,
    but, oh, so attuned
    to the Spirit of God,
    with every fiber
    of her being – Yes!

    You have come,
    Precious Christ,
    born of a woman,
    human, like me.
    Attune my poor spirit
    to your Holy Spirit.
    Give me the courage
    of her Yes!

    Gloria Ziemienski
    December 1986


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