Yesterday was the first gathering of the Advent Retreat in Daily Living I’m offering at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Given how close we are to the end of the fall semester, I am delighted at the number of students who, along with faculty, staff and other participants, are making this retreat a part of their Advent experience.
The theme this year’s retreat is Preparing the Way of our God. During my talk today, I spoke a little bit about the meaning of Advent and gave some general instructions for a retreat of this type. Then I spoke about the focus of this coming week’s prayer – prophets. After talking about what is a prophet, I focused on Isaiah, one of the major prophets of Advent.
One of the wonderfully things about the Book of Isaiah is how effectively it conveys God’s fidelity. Although the people of Israel had turned far away from God, there is promise of reconciliation – reminding us that God is relentless in his desire to be reconciled with us.