December 8th, 2019
II Sunday of Advent
In the desert God opens ways of hope; even on dry trunks new life germinates. There is peace between the wolf and the lamb. The kingdom is coming!
“All that was written before us has been written for our instruction, because, by virtue of the perseverance and consolation that come from the Scriptures, we keep hope alive.” Thus Paul writes to the Romans. This means that even the passage of Matthew, even with its harsh images – the desert and the asceticism of the Baptist – or his severe words – “Races of vipers …” is for our hope. John calls for conversion, but the first conversion to be lived is precisely that of hope. Sometimes we find ourselves walking in the desert, but even in it God raises someone who, like John, cries out hope: Voice of one crying in the desert: Prepare the way of the Lord. Even in the desert it is possible to prepare a way for the Lord who comes, a way to the hope that he returns to light in us. And this hope takes on the face of peace and communion in particular. Isaiah reminds us of this, with his images that evoke reconciliation between irreducible adversaries, such as the wolf and the lamb. For his part, Paul urges us to have the same sentiments towards one another, welcoming on another reciprocally as Christ welcomed us. The way is being prepared for the Lord by paving the way for true encounters, for fruitful relations, which give birth to new shoots of peace and justice, even on apparently dry trunks.
Commentary by Comunità di Dumenza
Translation by f. Mark Hargreaves, Prinknash Abbey