'These will hammer their swords into ploughshares'
1st Sunday of Advent
Reading: Isaiah 2: 1-5
The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
In the days to come the mountain of the Temple of the Lord shall tower above the mountains and be lifted higher than the hills. All the nations will stream to it, peoples without number will come to it; and they will say: ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the Temple of the God of Jacob that he may teach us his ways so that we may walk in his paths; since the Law will go out from Zion, and the oracle of the.’ Lord from Jerusalem’ He will wield authority over the nations and adjudicate between many peoples; these will hammer their swords into ploughshares, their spears into sickles. Nation will not lift sword against nation, there will be no more training for war. O House of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord.’ Reflection In this beautiful reading we are invited into God’s presence so that each of us may learn a new way of living which will give honour, glory and praise to the Almighty. Listening attentively to the voice of his Holy Spirit deep in our own hearts we will come to know what it means to walk in Gods’ paths and not those of the world each day. When each one walks in God’s light, each nation will be guided in its relationships with each other nation. All wrangling, envy and international jealousies and competition will cease. Nations will honour the dignity and human rights of its citizens and uphold the common good of all. Money spent on arms and artillery will be used for food production, water conservation and good quality affordable housing for all. Empowering education free at point of delivery will help to liberate the young and offer them hope for the future. Human life from conception to natural death will be protected by ethical health care principles. God will be supreme and his reign on earth will begin to unfold.