Today is another day of transition. Our ears are still filled with the words of the prophets, we have listened to in Advent, and now these prophecies are fulfilled. Our hearts may still be in this state of disbelief when it all seems too good to be true.
God is born, such Good News! Just like Isaiah said: the deaf will hear, the blind will see, the lame will leap, the poor receive the Good News. During Advent, I realized that all of this is for us to see every day. With the advance of technology and the development of medicine, more and more people can benefit from good health. Every successful operation that brings a deaf, blind, lame person back to full potential is a fulfillment of the old prophesies. Many posts on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok bring joy, peace, and hope, inviting even for conversion. Maybe not in a very poetic, miraculous way, but God also acts through human intelligence. As Saint Paul points out, “God has spoken in many ways”. And today, he is speaking to us through his Word made flesh and made word written in the Bible. Saint John says that “whatever was made by Him was life”. And I consider again all the progress humanity made.
Yes, not everything was good, not everything is. The gas that was used to kill the Jews in concentration camps was invented to purify water on battlefields to save the lives of the soldiers. We do not always use our creativity for good. And here is the challenge that John leaves us for this time of Christmas: may everything that is made by us, be life. The scientist, maybe without pretending it, is approaching the Kingdom of God. Every gesture of brotherhood, forgiveness, and love is bringing us closer to it. The kingdom of God is in us, among us. May the voice of prophet Isaiah continue ringing in our ears: the deaf will hear, the blind will see, the lame will leap, and the poor to receive the Good News. And may we challenge ourselves to fulfill these prophecies this time of Christmas so that Life, with a big L, will continue coming through us.