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Meditation –  Second Sunday of Advent Yr A
Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
Romans 15:4-13
Matthew 3:1-12

The Advent Bible readings contain a lot of promises. Isaiah 11:1 foretells a descendent (“a shoot”) from Jesse, the father of King David. As a king’s heir he too will reign, but in a way that no earthly king has ever reigned. He will be filled with wisdom and understanding, with counsel and power, with knowledge and the fear of the Lord (11:2-3). His judgment will not be diverted, but will be carried out with righteousness to the benefit of the poor and needy (11:3-5). Isaiah describes his reign in terms of earthly peace, with a tranquil state even between animals that are natural enemies – wolves and lambs, leopards and goats, lions and calves (11:6). There will be nothing to cause harm or destruction because the whole earth will be “full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (11:9)...

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