On That Day

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On that day,
The branch of the LORD will be luster and glory,
and the fruit of the earth will be honor and splendor
for the survivors of Israel.
He who remains in Zion
and he who is left in Jerusalem
Will be called holy:
every one marked down for life in Jerusalem.
When the LORD washes away
the filth of the daughters of Zion,
And purges Jerusalem’s blood from her midst
with a blast of searing judgment,
Then will the LORD create,
over the whole site of Mount Zion
and over her place of assembly,
A smoking cloud by day
and a light of flaming fire by night.
For over all, the LORD’s glory will be shelter and protection:
shade from the parching heat of day,
refuge and cover from storm and rain.

Isaiah 4: 2-6

The prophet Isaiah speaks of the day of Christ’s first coming, now over two thousand years ago, and His final coming. Who are the “survivors of Israel” but those faithful disciples of Christ who labor in His Body the Church faithfully in the midst of a world of injustice, filth, and blood.  The call to Holiness, to discipleship.  It is the call to every human being whom God has made in his image and likeness.  It is the call that the Baptized have planted on their heart through the saving waters giving them the possibility of participating in God’s very Divine Life.  Let us seek to live this Advent Season with a deeper awareness of this great reality! We are called to be fully alive, to glorify God, and love others.  And in so doing, to lead others who have been casualties of sin and the culture of death into the life-giving streams flowing from our Savior and His body the Church.

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