Sunday, December 3, 2023

Advent 2023: “Rend the Heavens and Come Down”

We begin Advent 2023 begging for the omnipotence and goodness of the Infinite Mystery to “rend the heavens and come down” to rescue us from our sins. We have forgotten the love of God, yet He remains our merciful Father and we are all the work of His hands.

Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, with the mountains quaking before you, while you wrought awesome deeds we could not hope for, such as they had not heard of from of old. No ear has ever heard, no eye ever seen, any God but you doing such deeds for those who wait for him. Would that you might meet us doing right, that we were mindful of you in our ways! Behold, you are angry, and we are sinful; all of us have become like unclean people, all our good deeds are like polluted rags; we have all withered like leaves, and our guilt carries us away like the wind. There is none who calls upon your name, who rouses himself to cling to you; for you have hidden your face from us and have delivered us up to our guilt. Yet, O Lord, you are our father; we are the clay and you the potter: we are all the work of your hands” (Isaiah 64:2-7).