Father Stefan Reflects on the Reading from First Sunday of Advent

This coming Sunday we will read from the prophet Isaiah, “They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.”

This is what I got in prayer. What does it mean to beat swords into plowshares and turn spears into pruning hooks? Well the sword and the spears are weapons. The sword and the spear can be all the ways that we protect ourselves and keep Jesus and others away from us. 

We are called to turn the sword into a plowshare and the spear into a pruning hook. The very weapons that we use to keep Jesus and others away from us can now be turned into tools that can break our hearts of stone. These new tools can now be used to turn our hearts of stone into fertile soil. The fertile soul that can now receive the grace and love of God.

Advent is about preparing our hearts to receive Jesus. 

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