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dc.contributor.authorSchuler, Jeanneen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary Number: 177en_US
dc.description.abstract|The Ascent|"On this mountain the Lord of hosts…will wipe away the tears from all faces." (Isaiah 25: 6-8)|To set out on a mountain trail takes us away from the ordinary.  It is better to travel light, so we leave stuff behind.  Soon the sounds of traffic and trailhead fade.  Bird cries and crunchy gravel interrupt the quiet.  Stumbling and panting, we search for footing and feel our usual worry losing its grip.  Arriving at the destination, the effort does not deplete us.  Our vision clears and we can see for miles.  Emptied out, the self comes alive again.|In today's readings the scenes on the mountain fill the people with amazement.  After a climb, we expect fatigue and hunger.  Stumbling blocks are no surprise.  We are familiar with regrets and setbacks.  But a God who wipes away tears and heals broken lives?  Warmth and mercy heaped on all who arrive at the resting place?  Food and comfort freely given?  My burdens gently loosened?  Surely there's been a mistake.  Where are the accusations?  This banquet cannot be for me.  Am I worth it? |On Sisyphus's doomed mountain there is no resting place.  Climbing is endless and we never arrive.  The day begins and ends in exhaustion.  Our busy lives have no deeper purpose.  The prophets of these slopes preach the pointlessness of being human.  They ridicule the visions of those who seek fulfillment.|To begin our day with prayer and quiet brings us closer to God's holy mountain.  Maybe I simply pray for faith.  Maybe I follow my breath flowing in and out.  In quiet I listen for the presence that lies behind words.  Entering into emptiness the banquet finds me.|In Advent I set out to find myself on God's holy mountain.  Here everyone is welcome.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Wednesday, December 3, 2014: 1st week in Advent.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorSchuler, Jeanne A.en_US 1en_US
dc.subject.local1Isaiah 25:6-10aen_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 15:29-37en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ien_US

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