Yesterday’s first reading (Isaiah 11:1-10) provides a prophecy of what the world will look like when the “Kingdom comes.”; The wolf will be the guest of the lamb. All harm and ruin shall flee. Advent is all about giving ourselves permission to hope and long for that for which we most ardently hope and long: a world of perfect peace and harmony, beginning with peace and harmony within ourselves. The first rotten fruit of the Fall, after our rupture with God, was the rupture within ourselves between body and soul. Christ came not only to “save souls” but to “transform our mortal bodies to conform with his glorified body” (Phil 3:21). And, so, yesterday’s first reading ends with a prophecy of our bodily transformation: “his dwelling shall be glorious.” “Do you not know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” (1 Cor 3:16). So let us glorify God with our bodies (1 Cor 6:20).