Advent 3 – - Do You See What I See?

        Isaiah proclaimed that the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert. . . .

        The Christmas carol asks, “Do you see what I see?” We were sending Christmas gifts to our European children and grandchildren. Since our son-in-law serves in the US Air Force, we have been sending Christmas and birthday gifts to Europe for the past 8 years. The flag at the Post Office was flying at half-mast in honor of Pearl Harbor Day. The day that will “live in infamy” as spoken by President Roosevelt as the US plunged into the “war to end all wars.” Today, nearly 70 years have passed and we are still on the battlefields. Do you see what I see?

        As I pondered the half-mast flag and the impact of war on our planet, my mind raced to the Advent prophecies and especially the one quoted above from Isaiah 35.

        We can only imagine the scene of the blind suddenly experiencing the sense of sight or the incredible shock of hearing sound for the first time and wondering what was happening. Stiff immovable limbs becoming mobile and adult paralyzed vocal cords producing those first unintelligible sounds. Does the prophet expect us to envision these scenes along with a desert blooming and producing flowers and food?

        The Advent lessons teach that the Christ will come and defeat indifference, hatred, war, disease, poverty and hunger. Perhaps as the Christ comes to us we are to become catalysts of change. Changes that will burst forth from the tables of dialog and diplomacy.

        God calls us to move away from our comfort zones and the pools of mediocrity and dive into living streams of dialog, feasting with Christ and recognizing the presence of God in the faces of our enemies. More than anything else this venture will bring forth amazing results of miraculous dimensions. New insights of peace and harmony will replace eyes that have been blinded by policies of strife. Words of tranquility and love shall be a new sound to those having ears dulled with echoes of violence. Bodies trained to operate weapons of destruction will discover new ways of using their strength for service to God and each other. New voices of praise and thanksgiving will replace the cries of revenge and violence. Do you see what I see?

        “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” Isaiah 43:19

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