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The reading from Isaiah is a great Advent reading, for it calls us to be part of a culture of life, not death. The phrase 'swords into plowshares' is a famous one, and rightly so. This is not good news just for the farmers, who may need more plows, but is good news for all of us, who need less weapons and less violence. It is a reading that calls us to be people of peace, not war, of gentleness, not violence, and of seeking life, not death.
Yet this reading is not easy to take, for it challenges the powerful not to be more powerful, the military leader to put his weapons down, and the soldier to return home. Civilizations and cultures often rise on their military might (e.g., Romans, Napoleon) and transmit their values on the edge of a sword, not by invitation. Even the good the United States does in the world is tempered by our selling of arms and our huge defense department budget. I wonder how the United States will be perceived in two hundred or three hundred years, as a civilization of peace and generosity, or of manipulation and violence. It seems to me the words of Isaiah are needed now as much as ever.
We pray the words of Isaiah will ring true in the ears that need to hear them. Amen.
Reflection by: Rev. James Urbanic, C.PP.S. (Kansas City Province)