Second Thursday of Advent – Isaiah 32:16-18


Then justice will dwell in the wilderness,

    and righteousness abide in the fruitful field.

The effect of righteousness will be peace,

    and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.

My people will abide in a peaceful habitation,

    in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.




What comes to mind when you think of “righteousness?” For some, it’s a virtue for which to strive. For others, it’s an off-putting trait claimed by people who view themselves better than others. The dictionary defines it as being morally right or justifiable. So, in the language of today, to be righteous is to “be a good person.”


Today’s reading from Isaiah tells us what righteousness actually is, and what it does. Righteousness is justice; and the result of justice is peace, quietness, trust, and fruitful fields; righteousness gives us security. 


The prophet proclaims that righteousness isn’t simply a word people can use to make themselves feel better and others feel worse, nor is it an abstract moral standard. Righteousness is peace and harmony among all people on earth: inclusive of all languages and cultures, socio-economic status, gender and political preferences.  Peace for ALL people. 


To be righteous is to care.

To be righteous is to pursue justice. 

To be righteous is to move toward others with peace… especially those different from you. 


The Advent message of peace invites us to recognize our need for righteousness. As we prepare ourselves for Christmas, we longingly watch and wait for Jesus, “God with us,” who is truly just and righteous. 


  • What comes to mind when you think of “righteousness”?


  • How does righteousness bring about harmony and peace?


  • How can you watch and wait for Jesus’ righteousness in your life today?  What will be different as you do this?