Tuesday of the 1st week of Advent
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Sabas
Readings for today’s Mass
With Advent comes beautiful verses of poetry from the prophet Isaiah that reflect the coming of a kingdom where life will be quite different from what we know. It all sounds so wonderful, even though we are jolted by a verse here and there. Today’s reading offers one that we don’t always know what to do with - fear of the Lord!
One way we experience fear is like that of a child when mother says, “Wait til your father gets home!!” The Bible has plenty of examples of this kind of fear that leaves one trembling.
But for scriptural verses such as this one, there is a much richer and better meaning that calls forth a very different response. The word translated as “fear" comes from the Hebrew word yirah which has a range of meanings. While it can refer to the fear of some danger or pain, it can also be awe or reverence. In this sense, yirah includes the idea of wonder, amazement, mystery, astonishment, gratitude, admiration, and even worship. It’s the feeling one might get when gazing out from a mountain top or viewing an ocean sunset. In this context, fear of the Lord includes an overwhelming sense of the glory, worth, and beauty of God.
It is expressed well in the letter to the Hebrews 12:28-29: We who are receiving the unshakable kingdom should have gratitude, with which we should offer worship pleasing to God in reverence and awe. For our God is a consuming fire. This reverence and awe is what the fear of the Lord means for Christians. It might be what motivates us to surrender our lives to the Creator of the Universe.
In pop-culture, awesome is a very popular adjective that describes everything. During Advent, everytime you hear the word awesome, let it remind you of what is really awesome.