A Penitent Blogger

Mindful of my imperfections, seeking to know Truth more deeply and to live Love more fully.

Quid sum miser tunc dicturus? Quem patronum rogaturus? Cum vix iustus sit securus?
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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Rough places

Twists and turns.

Ups and downs.

Emptiness and dryness.

These words describe much of the landscape east of Jerusalem: full of twisting, dry valleys and rugged mountains.

These words can also describe many of our lives.

In today’s first reading (Isaiah 40:1-11), we hear the well-known prophecy (set gloriously to music by Handel): a prophecy for our world and for our lives.

Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!

Every valley shall be filled in,
every mountain and hill shall be made low;
The rugged land shall be made a plain,
the rough country, a broad valley.

Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
and all people shall see it together;
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.