Tuesday of 1st Week of Advent
Prophet Isaiah speaks of the shoot from the stump of Jesse. Stump is the lowest part that is left of a fallen tree. These words reflect the situation of the Davidic lineage where the successors were wicked and failed to follow the way of the Lord and the reign is gradually coming to an end. The word of the Lord powerfully comes in this time to tell that there will be a ruler who is filled with the Spirit of the Lord and he will renew all things in himself (renewal of the natural order to its pristine glory…wolf and lamb etc.) The predominant aspect of this king is his predilection for the poor and providing them with justice.
It is in Christ we see the fulfillment of this prophesy. In today’s gospel Jesus is present among the lowly offering a prayer of thanksgiving to the Father. It is they who have been privileged to experience the fulfillment of God’s promises.
We too are heirs to the fulfilment of God’s promise. In baptism we have been renewed in Christ and blessed with His presence among us through the sacraments, especially the Eucharist. Being in the season of advent, as well as keeping the memoria of St. Nicholas, who reached out to the poor and needy in his own way, let us also be grateful to God for all the blessings we have received and we in turn become a blessing for others, specially for the poor in our own way. May the Word of God be fulfilled through us and may the little ones be able to meet God through us.