10 December 2016

HE MAKES ALL THINGS NEW

III SUNDAY OF ADVENT
isaiah 35:1-6a, 10; james 5:7-10; matthew 11:2-11

dr verghese kurien, the milkman of india, helped establish the amul cooperative. today it is india’s largest food brand. his brain-child «operation flood» became the world’s largest dairy development program, and transformed india from a milk-deficient nation to the world’s largest milk producer. more important, dr kurien helped dairy farmers improve their financial and social well-being—his work lifted millions out of poverty (three-fourths of the price you pay for an amul product goes to the producing dairy farmer)—and contributed to the transformation of rural india. 


what dr kurien did for the dairy farmers of india, jesus does for all peoples: he transforms us. he makes all things new.
in isaiah, the coming of GOD causes abundant flowers to bloom in the desert, strengthens feeble hands, makes firm knees that are weak, and brings back the babylonian exiles.
in james’ letter, the coming of the LORD is likened to « the precious fruit of the earth.» 
this renewal is evident in the gospel, too. jesus answers john’s question («are you the one?») in the language of isaiah: «the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.»

what should we do while we await his coming? in the words of st james, we ought to «be patient» and wait with «hearts firm» like «the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth». a farmer waits «productively»!
when we do this, the LORD will make all things new in his time and on his terms.

will i wait patiently and productively for the coming of GOD? do i believe that he can and does transform my reality… or do i look for another (because his action does not meet my expectations)? how can i be his instrument of transformation?