First Wednesday of Advent

Isaiah 64:1-9 and Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19

Reflection—Psalm 80:2, ‘…come to save us!’

The recognition that evil is not a problem so simple as to be solved by pointing the finger at someone else leads us into the more open and gracious space of realizing that we ourselves hurt and harm, seeking our own and not the good of another–no matter how much we might like to justify ourselves.  This brings our longing for God and for justice yet deeper.  In a word, we long for God to save us.  And like Isaiah, we may come to see ‘us’ in broader terms that now include our old enemies: ‘we are the clay, and you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand’ (Is. 64:8).  We even ask God to ‘consider’ what we have discovered: ‘we are all your people’ (Is. 64:9).  When this happens, our longing for God most closely reflects God’s longing for us.  The universe then thrums with the reverberation of a close and beautiful harmony.   It is the harmony at the heart of the Great Commandment, binding love of God, love of neighbor, and love of self into a seamless whole.

Prayer  Come, oh God, and save us, all of us, for we are one family, though divided and torn; come, oh, come, dear Advent of peace.

-Chad Hyatt