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Monday, December 1, 1997

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Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122
Matthew 8:5-11

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climbing advent mountain

"Come, let us climb the Lord's mountain." —Isaiah 2:3

Advent is a time for mountain-climbing. It is climbing with all nations (Is 2:2) the highest mountain so that the Lord "may instruct us in His ways, and we may walk in His paths" (Is 2:3). Advent is being like Moses. We climb Mt. Sinai, receive the Ten Commandments, descend radiant with God's glory, and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus (see Ex 19:2ff). As more and more people climb God's holy mountain this Advent to hear and share His word, "the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the Lord, as water covers the sea" (Is 11:9). Then "they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; one nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again" (Is 2:4).

This Advent, climb the Lord's mountain. Receive and proclaim the word of God. Give the world the true peace of Christmas. This Advent, be a peacemaker (Mt 5:9), minister of God's word, and mountain- climber. From the heights of the mountain, shout: "Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth" (Lk 2:14, our transl).

Prayer:  Father, make me a guide for mountain-climbers before, during, and after the climb.

Promise:  "I am not worthy to have You under my roof. Just give an order and my boy will get better." —Mt 8:8

Praise:  Warren shared his faith in Jesus with a woman who had been abused. His faith touched her heart and she converted to the Catholic faith.

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, June 1, 1997

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 9, 1997