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Tuesday of the First Week of Advent



Reading 1 IS 11:1-10

On that day, A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him: a Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, A Spirit of counsel and of strength, a Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD. Not by appearance shall he judge, nor by hearsay shall he decide, But he shall judge the poor with justice, and decide aright for the land’s afflicted. He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked. Justice shall be the band around his waist, and faithfulness a belt upon his hips. Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; The calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child to guide them. The cow and the bear shall be neighbors, together their young shall rest; the lion shall eat hay like the ox. The baby shall play by the cobra’s den, and the child lay his hand on the adder’s lair. There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD, as water covers the sea. On that day, The root of Jesse, set up as a signal for the nations, The Gentiles shall seek out, for his dwelling shall be glorious.


REFLECTION

On that day, A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom.


How can a shoot grow out of a stump of a once living tree?

This happens because the roots of the tree still have stored nutrients and

even though there are no leaves these nutrients will start new growth, a shoot.


What is this metaphor in Isaiah 11: 1-10 referring to? Who is Jesse? Jesse in the Bible is the Father of King David. Jesse was the son of Obed. He was the grandson of Boaz and Ruth. His lineage goes back to Abraham. Jesse lived as farmer and breeder of sheep. He lived in the town of Bethlehem in Judah. Jesse is from the tribe of Judah.


God told Samuel to seek out Jesse who was the father of eight sons and two daughters. He said that the next King of Israel would come from Jesse. The most unlikely of his sons will be the one that will be chosen and anointed by Samuel. Jesse's youngest son, who was tending the sheep will become the next king. He will be chosen because the Lord told Samuel, "The Lord beholds the heart." David had a heart for God.


God promised that through a decaying generation He would carry on His work from the bloodline of King David. The shoot which comes forth from the "stump of Jesse" is the Messiah, Jesus Christ.


We are in Advent. "Adventus" means "coming." Who is coming? Jesus Christ is coming. Two thousand years ago Jesus came to us as a babe. Every year we celebrate His birth. We are waiting for Him to come into our hearts. Therefore, prepare a place for Him in your heart. Come to our PAPA Advent Retreat!


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