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Saturday in The First Week of Advent at the Advent Quiet Morning Eucharist - The Rev. Samuel Torvend
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Homily for Saturday, December 5, 2015, Advent Quiet Morning
Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26; Psalm 147:1-12; Matthew 9:35 – 10:1, 5-8
Fr. Samuel Torvend
 
For most of Jewish and Christian history, our ancestors in the faith were keen observers of the rhythms and changes in the skies and in the earth. In their lives lived close to the soil, in tilling, sowing, and harvesting, in gathering and herding, the powers of the earth – especially its flowering and fruitfulness – marked the difference between life and death.
 
Thus Isaiah writes that “the LORD will give rain for the seed with which you sow the ground, and grain which will be rich and plenteous … On every lofty mountain and every high hill there will be brooks running with water.” It should not surprise us – children attuned to life in the city – that living in field and garden offered our ancestors ample images of the relationship between God and humanity, between God and all creatures.
 
A medieval English poem sings of “a maiden who is matchless / King of all kings for her son she chose. / He came as still where his mother was, / as dew in April that falls on grass. / Mother and maiden there was never ever one but she; / well may such a Lady God’s mother be.” Yes, as dew that falls on grass, so the mystery of Christ descends upon Mary, the metaphoric field. But this, too:  the mystery of Christ continues to fall as dew, as mist, as gentle rain on the soil, the grass, the field of your life and mine. The only question is: have you and I awakened to this wondrous presence within and without us?