First Week of Advent

I would like to share with you a reflection by Sister Jeanne Cmolik, CSJ.

December 1-7, 2013
By Sister Jeanne Cmolik, CSJ
Cleveland, OH

Scriptures: Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122:1-9; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:37-44

“In days to come, the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest mountain and raised above the hills. .. Many people shall come and say: “Come, let us climb the Lord’s mountain. . . that [God] may instruct us in [God’s] ways and we may walk in [God’s] paths.”  (Isaiah 2)


In the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, mountains are significant places to meet God. For example, Moses climbed a mountain to meet God and receive the Commandments; Jesus often went to a mountain to pray, and taught the Beatitudes in his “sermon on the mount”.

Why climb a mountain? I suppose we do it to get a better view–to rise above the ordinary surroundings of our lives to get clarity and perspective.

I think that’s what we do when we take time to pray.  We go to a place of solitude to get a better view –of what’s inside ourselves and outside ourselves, and how God is working there.  As theologian Michael Himes says, we pray “to remind ourselves that God is God, and I am not.”

Advent is a time to remember that because Jesus shares our humanity, our God knows us—and we know God—in wonderful ways.  Jesus came to show all people God’s endless love.  His great work continues through the Holy Spirit who abides with us, and through the earnest efforts of all who call themselves “disciples”.


God of love,
We climb your holy mountain seeking instruction.
Teach us your ways.
Show us your paths.
Give us your abundant love to pour over a weary world.
Thank you for our brother Jesus who shows us the way.


Climb the mountain of the Lord. Ask to SEE God’s love and BE God’s love!

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