"The Word was made flesh" 

In this time of preparing to celebrate the coming of our redeemer, let us reflect on the great mercy of God -

n Isaiah, Chapter 11, we read that the Messiah would come from the stock of Jesse, of David's line;

- "on him the spirit of the Lord rests, a spirit of wisdom and insight, a spirit of counsel and power, a spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.

This Messiah "will not judge by appearances, nor by hearsay, but will judge the wretched with integrity and will give a verdict in favour of the poor of the land".

His message will likewise be a condemnation for the ruthless and wicked.

The prophet goes on to emphasise, using imagery of lions, wolves and panthers contradicting their normal behaviour, that
this Messiah will be a bringer of peace - a peace which didn't exist in the world and which was beyond the world's understanding.