Is. 41:13-20; Ps. 145:1, 9-13; Mt. 11:11-15
“I have taken your right hand in mine. Don’t be afraid…” Is. 41:13-14
The historical context of this reading is the time when the people of Israel were in Babylon as exiles between 587 to 538 B.C.E. Babylon had invaded the Kingdom of Judah, looted Jerusalem and burned down the Temple which was the religious, social and economic centre of the people of Israel. Many were killed and the rest were taken to Babylon as exiles. What a painful memory for Israel losing everything dear to them, feeling weak and small. Was God punishing them for their unfaithfulness to the covenant relationship with Yahweh? God, sensitive to their sufferings, reached out to them through a prophet.
Sit comfortably and breathe in and out deeply, slowly relaxing your body, mind and spirit. (Pause) Become aware of a period of time in your life when you felt weak and small, when you lost everything dear to you, feeling like an exile among strangers in a strange place.
Listen to God speaking to you. Do not be afraid. God will strengthen you and make you fruitful.
Today’s Advent reflection is by Jane Karakunnel, SCN, Mokama, India