(an excerpt from my reflection tomorrow at church)
We catch in the Isaiah 40:1-11 reading, a vision of God’s big picture and it is about creating evenness… a vision of justice on the earth…
“Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed…”
This evenness is not about getting even
It is sometimes forgotten that the justice of God is not sorting out the bad people or the rich or the powerful
as if the purposes of God are served by making those people suffer what they might have brought on the poor, the weak and the little ones…
that is not God’s justice,
that is ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’
– that is not justice but vengeance.
The evenness that Isaiah proclaims is a restoration of creation
– the fulfilment of God’s intentions from before the dawn of time…
And it is coming says the prophet Isaiah
It is coming proclaims John the Baptist
It is with you, within you, near, and coming at you, says Jesus.
At Advent we are reminded to look for it, hope for it, and work for it… to play our part… Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven…