This reading is thought of as a hymn of redemption. It contrasts the just and unjust city. (Think Tower of Babel) The just city is under God’s protection. The other city, no matter what it does, cannot stand. It is a hymn of reliance on God. How much do you trust God?
This reading deals with the Messianic Banquet on “this mountain,” meaning Jerusalem. Salvation is expressed by banquet imagery, feasting. “On that day” equates with the “Day of the Lord,” where God finally judges and then saves the elect. This reading is often used at funerals. We have a great banquet when we receive our Lord in Holy Communion at the mass. This reading affords great hope, and hope is what Advent is all about.
In this oracle, a future ideal king will receive the fullness of the Spirit of the Lord. This ideal king is the messiah, whose reign will bring true and lasting peace and justice for God’s people.
The Advent period is symbolic of the long OT period of waiting in expectation of the coming of the messiah. That’s why we hear from the prophets like Isaiah. This oracle today is a prophecy of the messianic age that will draw all peoples: Jew and gentile alike to peace and joy.
Happy New Year! Happy New Liturgical Year C, which begins with the First Sunday of Advent. The word “Advent” means “Coming.” Advent is a season of preparation, waiting, expectation. Our readings tell us that Christians should prepare for His coming with confidence, vigilance, and prayer. In Advent, we learn the spirituality of waiting and the holiness of patience.
We come to the end of this liturgical year. Our end is a beginning. A new Advent begins. “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” Come, Lord Jesus, Come.”
We venerate St. Andrew, the Apostle, today as we wear red vestments to honor his martyrdom on an x-shaped cross. Many have followed his example and given their lives for the faith. They never forgot Jesus’ call to spread the Gospel. We still need believers today to spread the Good News.