Have you ever known a moment when, just for a brief
instant, you felt that all was right with the world? It is just
such a moment, stretched into eternity, that the writer of
Isaiah describes in today’s first reading: the perfection of
everything, centered in God’s spirit, where knowledge,
justice, and awe in God’s presence reign.
In such a paradise,
everyone sees eye to eye and thinks in harmony with each
other, as Saint Paul describes in his letter to the Romans.
Even animals with a natural animosity toward one another
coexist peacefully. John the Baptist understood that such
harmonious relationships do not simply happen. They are the
fruit of living in right relationship with God and others.
Words of Our Lady of Guadalupe to Juan Diego
“Let not your heart be disturbed. Do not fear that sickness, nor
any other sickness or anguish. Am I not here, who is your Mother?
Are you not under my protection? Am I not your health? Are you not
happily within my fold? What else do you wish? Do not grieve nor
be disturbed by anything.”