Real Peace: Reflections on Isaiah 2:1-5 (Advent 1)

And we also think of the grand vision of Isaiah 11, that holy mountain where wolf and lamb and leopard and goat and cow and lion graze in peace: "They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of YHWH just as the waters cover the seas" (Is. 11:9).

Do not these wonderful visions make the heart beat faster? Do they not drive us back to our pulpits to announce these glad tidings to a world desperate for this word of hope and joy? Put off your retirement and your trips to the sun. Rush to your churches and proclaim the news that YHWH is in the business of abolishing what we seem so to desire, namely our victories at the expense of our fellow humans. No longer, says YHWH! War will disappear, and its weapons will be changed into objects of peaceful coexistence. Can you not believe this? Is this not your hope? Is this only a pipe dream, curling into the air and vanishing? If you think that, then perhaps a sunny Christmas beach is what you need after all. But if it is the vision that dances in your head, crowding out the sugar plums, then get thee to the church and shout the glad tidings of Advent and Christmas. Our God comes, and God's Torah is to proclaim the coming peace, and the end of war, to all of God's people.

11/21/2013 5:00:00 AM