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Sunday, 29 November 2009 14:12

T he naysayers, then and now, miss the point!  Unless we first see the vision, hear the hope, and taste our desires for peace and our longing for love, strategies and “realistic plans” are just pushing pieces around on the game board. Every person that can see and articulate a hopeful vision is a gift to us… they help us see a better world… our hope is stirred…our desires are again deeply felt. They shake us out of our complacency and remind us that the One we call “God” is beyond anything we can imagine, and, even now  is “ising” everywhere! We need these folks to set fire to our desires, to rattle our hearts and habits, so we can see clearly. And then we may know the next right thing to do.

Tuesday of the First Week of Advent

Isaiah 11:1-10

Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17


L uke 10:21-24 In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these  things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. (22) All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and  any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him." (23) Then turning to the disciples he said privately, "Blessed are the eyes which see what you see! (24) For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it."

 

Meditation by Diane Jorgensen (Creighton)

 

B lessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.

Have you been in a conversation lately about health care reform? …ending the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq ? …the state of the economy?  … world hunger? Or any major social issue?  Was there someone that was the voice of hope? Someone that painted a picture of how the future could be? Someone who spoke in a way that made you feel it might be possible? If so, there was probably also a naysayer who spoke up – “That will never happen”; “Not possible.” The cloud of cynicism rises up and smothers hopefulness.

I get so frustrated in those conversations…I want to say to the cynic, “Quiet! Let’s hear the hopeful vision… I want to see and hear and feel and taste what that might be like … just for a minute…just for 30 seconds! To not have men and women going off to war every day and hearing a “salute to the troops” every morning. (Not because they don’t deserve every minute of this, but because the wars are over.) To know that we have made it possible for everyone to have access to basic health care.  Or to know that no one has to go to bed hungry tonight, not having eaten for days.  I just want to imagine, for a few moments, what that world might look like and sound like and feel like!”

The first reading today is just that… the lone, hopeful, visionary voice of the prophet Isaiah. We read it knowing that Isaiah was anticipating the savior, “forth-telling” the future, trying to instill hope, painting a vision of an ideal world that awaited the Israelites. I’m sure he had his critics… “he’s nuts…. A wolf the guest of the lamb??  Wild animals led by a child?? Never happen.”

The naysayers, then and now, miss the point!  Unless we first see the vision, hear the hope, and taste our desires for peace and our longing for love, strategies and “realistic plans” are just pushing pieces around on the game board. Every person that can see and articulate a hopeful vision is a gift to us… they help us see a better world… our hope is stirred…our desires are again deeply felt. They shake us out of our complacency and remind us that the One we call “God” is beyond anything we can imagine, and, even now  is “ising” everywhere! We need these folks to set fire to our desires, to rattle our hearts and habits, so we can see clearly. And then we may know the next right thing to do. It might be to call our senators, protest or pray, but it also might be to just do what’s in front of us… like take out the trash and walk the dog.

This Advent let the “Breath” of the Lord rest upon you; the Breath of wisdom and understanding breathe in you; the Breath of counsel and strength and knowledge and wonder of the Lord be your delight.

 

Supplementary Reading

lISTEN WEll

 

. . . Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice. – John 18:37

 

I am not the greatest listener on the planet. In fact, I blush with embarrassment whenever a friend would thank me for listening patiently as she pours out her heart and soul. Don’t get me wrong — I do listen for the most part. Sometimes, I “tune out” especially when my mind is preoccupied with my own personal concerns or when I’ve heard the same problem replayed for the nth time or when there’s a lot of tasks vying for my attention. But I believe that with constant practice and God’s grace, I’ll become a better listener. That means listening actively with the goal of understanding, learning from, helping and supporting the one I am listening to.

I’m thankful that by God’s grace I’m still able to understand others in spite of my “halflistening” ears. Most of all, I’m thankful that He gives me the grace to listen to His voice speaking to me. It’s hard to explain but once you have a personal relationship with the Lord, you know it’s His voice when you hear it. It leads you to the truth.

I realized, though, that when I listen well to the Lord, I am the one being understood, taught, helped and supported by Him — not the other way around. He’s truly amazing, right? --- Dina Pecaña

 

REFLECTION:

Nature has given us one tongue but two ears. That way we may hear twice as much as we speak. (Epictetus)

 

Give me the grace, Father, to listen to Your voice more than my own. For Your words will always lead me to the truth.

   

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1 Monday, 30 November 2009 07:34
THE MESSIAH: PRINCE OF PEACE

Peace, a gift of God. It is lost through sin, pride and insincerity.

Peace is one of the great goods constantly implored from God in the Old Testament. It is this gift that is promised to the people of Israel as a reward for their fidelity (Lev 26:6), and it is seen as a work of God (Is 26:12) from which flow uncountable benefits. But real peace came to the world only with the coming of the Messiah. That is why at the Nativity of Our Lord the angels proclaim it, singing: Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth to men of good will (Luke 2:14). Advent and Christmas are especially opportune times for the growth of peace in our hearts; they are also times to pray for peace in this world, torn as it is by conflict and widespread dissension.

Behold: the Lord is coming in power - to bring peace to his people and give them eternal life (Divine Office, Antiphon). Isaiah reminds us in the first reading of the Mass that in the Messianic era the wolf shall live peacefully with the lamb, and the leopard lie down with the kid, and the calf and the lion and the beast of the field dwell together (cf Is 11:1-10). With the Messiah’s coming, the peace and harmony the world knew at the beginning of creation are restored and a new order is inaugurated.

The teaching of Our Lord constitutes the good news of peace (Acts 10:36). And this same peace is also the treasure he has passed on to his disciples in every age: Peace I leave you; my peace I give you; not as the world gives it do I give it you (John 14:27). Earthly peace, which comes from love of our fellow-man, is a type and a result of the peace of Christ issuing from God the Father. The incarnate Son himself, the Prince of peace, reconciled all men to God through his cross. In his own flesh he killed hatred, and after he had risen he poured out the Spirit of charity into the hearts of men (Second Vatican Council, Gaudim et spes, 78). The peace of God completely transcends an earthly peace, which can so easily be superficial and unreal, stemming often from selfishness, and not at all incompatible with injustice.

Christ is our peace (Eph 2:14) and our joy. Sin, on the other hand, sows nothing but loneliness, anxiety and sadness in the soul. Christian peace, so necessary for apostolate and good fellowship, is the product of interior order, of a consciousness of our own failings and virtues, of unfailing respect for others and a complete confidence in God, who, we know, will never abandon us. It is the consequence of humility, of awareness of our divine filiation and of the struggle against our own passions, which tend al ways towards disorder and disruption.

The sincere confession of our sins is one of the main ways God has given us to recover the peace that has been lost through sin or by the failure to correspond with his grace. Peace with God, the result of justification and the rejection of sin; peace with our fellow-men, the fruit of love dispersed by the Holy Spirit; peace with ourselves, the peace of conscience proceeding from victory over our passions and over evil (John Paul II, Address to UNIV-86, Rome, 24 March 1986). The recovery of peace, if it has been lost, is one of the best signs of love for those around us, and its acquisition also the first task in preparing our hearts for the coming of the infant Christ.

With permission from Scepter UK. Short excerpt from IN CONVERSATION WITH GOD by Francis Fernandez. Available at SinagTala or Totus Bookstore 723-4326 or at www.totusbookstore.com ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


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