The Old Testament and the New Testament, the prophets of old and the gospel writers, all speak to us as faith lessons. In the second week of Advent readings Isaiah tells of the promise of the coming of the Messiah and Matthew, the fulfillment of that promise.
How rich the promise! It is like poetry, full of wonder, knowledge and the fear of the Lord. A learned Jewish friend explained to me why the Jews do not believe the Messiah has come. She mentions the foretelling of peace and we see the 20th century as the bloodiest in history, where is peace?
Jesus brings us a personal peace, within our heart, mind and soul. When He comes again He will fulfill worldly peace where the predator sleeps with the prey. The Our Father, which comes from the Old Testament, speaks to us in the promise “thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.’’
The old becomes new, baptized not with water, but with the Holy Spirit and fire. We are washed clean and filled with the Holy Spirit, with the power and the life He offers us. Advent always makes me think that the door upon which we have been knocking all our lives that at last will open.