• Deacon Richard Thiesen, Parish Life Director
  • Deacon Richard Thiesen giving homily.

From Deacon Dick

Advent Theme – Mercy, the Basis of Christian Hope

The 2nd Sunday of Advent is upon us and it seems as though the pace of our journey of reflection and repentance is picking up speed. Today the author of the Book of the Prophet Isaiah is writing to a people in the midst of crisis.  Here’s the situation:  An invasion force of the dreaded Assyrians was headed for Jerusalem.  Besides this external threat the prophet has been warning the people about their betrayal of the covenant.  They were no longer living under the shelter of God’s wings where mercy and reconciliation prevail.  Their rituals were empty gestures and there was injustice in the land.  Their present situation was discouraging.  Still, today’s passage speaks of hope that promises of future harmony and tranquility …  all based on mercy.   The people may have given up on God, but God had not given up on them …  for God’s mercy is always, always available.

We believers who hear the Word today put our confidence, not in any worldly power with grandiose promises, but in what we hear from God: On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse and from its roots a bud shall blossom. In our seriously fractured nation, that promise seems a mere dream. But we believers hear a clear, prophetic word of hope and promise as we remember that the “stump of Jesse” blossomed a savior, upon whom the promised “spirit of the lord” rested.

Where does healing begin in our nation, our church, and our families? Simply stated …  it begins with you and me.  The only person we can change is ourselves.  We sometimes complain about the growing callousness that surrounds us and yet we might ask ourselves if that overall callousness is reflective of our own hearts.  Here are some questions to ponder: How different would our lives be if we were to live with compassion and mercy? How different would our lives be if we showed compassion instead of judgment…  healing and wholeness instead of hurt or alienation?  Who are those whose hope would be restored because of our mercy and forgiveness?

The poet, Emily Dickinson, sums up well the notion of mercy as our foundation of hope:

If I can stop one heart from breaking,

I shall not live in vain;

If I can ease one life the aching.

Or cool one pain

Or help one fainting robin

Unto his nest again

I shall not live in vain.

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Daily Reading

Tuesday of the Second Week in Advent

Reading 1 Is 40:1-11

Comfort, give comfort to my people,

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Monday of the Second Week in Advent

Reading 1 Is 35:1-10

The desert and the parched land will exult;

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Second Sunday of Advent

Reading 1 Is 11:1-10

On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,

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