December 22: O Rex Gentium (O King of the nations)
He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. Isaiah 2:4
If you have not noticed by now this series during Advent has been about God’s inner transformation of who we are, and the outworking in the world of how we are. God’s love changes us and in changing us changes our view of the world.
The vision of Isaiah in this passage has never been fulfilled. There has not been a time when there is no nation raising up a weapon of one sort against another.
Not learning war, starts at the very heart of our being. It starts with allowing God to quell our fear and replace it with curiosity. This inner work of learning peace and the outer work of expressing it involve a learning which will last for the rest of our lives. A learning in and a leaning out. It would be easier if God waved a divine hand over all of us, of course – or would it? Do we need the journey to understand and appreciate the destination.
Lord, help me to find a still point and to trust that you are in that place. That you are dwelling deep within me. From those depths give me courage to become curious about the world you have made and open to its variety. Amen