For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem (Lk. 21: 36).
The first Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of a new liturgical year. Our Lord is also presented to us as the Saviour of the world, the Son of God, the Son of David, the New Moses; He is Emmanuel, God-with-us, now and until the end of the world.
The presence of Our Lord with us now is what ought to engage us as we commemorate the events and mysteries of Our Lord’s life in our Sunday celebrations of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The words of the Psalmist give focus and purpose to our presence here: Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord (Ps. 122). We rejoice in the Lord’s presence and in the gift of salvation. There are fundamental truths that we can deduce simply from our presence here in the House of the Lord: God can be known; and we have a capacity or ability to know Him. For this reason the Prophet Isiah declares: In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains…all nations shall stream towards it….For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem (Is. 2:1-5). God can be known and He has revealed Himself, that is, He has made Himself known definitively in His Son, Our Saviour Jesus Christ.