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Sunday, 29 November 2009 14:18

 

E very morning, the sunrise shows us that darkness does not last forever. When life appears “darkest” – it is faith and trust that lights the way.  There is such comfort as one surrenders through prayer and through letting go and letting God.  While “The Light of the World” picture is a familiar connection between Jesus and light, many other symbols exist.

 

Friday of the First Week of Advent

 

Isaiah 29:17-24

 

Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14

 

M atthew 9:27-31 And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, "Have mercy on us, Son of David." (28) When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to him, "Yes, Lord." (29) Then he touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith be it done to you." (30) And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly charged them, "See that no one knows it." (31) But they went away and spread his fame through all that district.

 

Meditation by Nancy Shirley (Creighton) 

T his weekend as I was still in the throes of cleaning up the yard, I marveled at some of the flowers still hanging on and some of the new greenery responding to warmer temperatures.  Yet, here I am writing for the first week of Advent.  It is hard to comprehend that it has been that many weeks since Easter and the beauty of the early spring flowers.  Life passes so quickly and there is no way to put it on pause so we can catch our breaths. The readings for today fill us with the sense of hope and salvation.  From the book of Isaiah to the healing touch of Jesus and faith of those inflicted, we see, feel, and experience the hope.  

It is the responsorial psalm for today that really caused me to think:

                     “My light and my salvation.”

I thought of all the ways we envision Jesus as light.  From my earliest childhood, I remember a very old looking picture in my parents’ bedroom of what appeared to be a lovely child with a haloed background. My mother always called it “The Light of the World.”  I still see that picture daily as it now is displayed in my bedroom.  As I think about the light of the world, I am reminded of how Jesus lights my life in every way.  Every morning, the sunrise shows us that darkness does not last forever. When life appears “darkest” – it is faith and trust that lights the way.  There is such comfort as one surrenders through prayer and through letting go and letting God.  While “The Light of the World” picture is a familiar connection between Jesus and light, many other symbols exist.  The beam of light from a lighthouse is frequently pictured as a means of guiding us safely to shore.  Of course, it truly does direct and protect the sailors at sea but the symbolism goes well beyond these chosen few. We are all in need of the guidance and being shown the way to the right path.

At this start of Advent as I think about the impending birth of our Lord, I remember the importance of the Star of Bethlehem in leading both the shepherds and the Magi to the baby Jesus.  So, “our light and salvation” leads us to Him through providing the light and the way to salvation.  Our star at the top of our Christmas tree symbolizes that Star of Bethlehem and shines brightly throughout the season for us to remember the reason we put up a tree at all.  So, as we enjoy the Christmas lights may we look beyond their beauty to their meaning of hope and salvation.  Let every twinkle touch your heart and soul and keep them open to the real magic of Christmas.

I love the song, Mary, did you know? Her faith was so incredible – the lines capture so much of the miracle of Christmas especially – did you know the Child that you delivered, would soon deliver you?  Yet, we have this tremendous advantage, we KNOW!!

 

Supplementary Reading

WHEN GoD GETS fRuSTRATED

If this day you only knew what makes for peace but now it is hidden from your eyes. – Luke 19:42 

  

It’s a challenge to tutor kids these days. Distractions and stubbornness are two of the things to battle with when tutoring them.

 

Such is the case when I help my niece with her school assignments. No matter how many times I explain things to her, she won’t listen to me and would insist on doing things her way. It can be very frustrating.

 

I wonder how many times God gets frustrated with us. Jesus taught us the way to the Father and He conquered eternal damnation when He offered His life for us on the cross. Yet we remain spiritually blinded and live our lives in wayward ways.

 

The cross has given us victory over the world, the flesh and the devil. Yet we allow ourselves to be still enslaved by these things. In exasperation, God is probably asking, “When will you ever learn?” But unlike us, His patience never ends. He continues to give us yet another chance to repent and reform our lives. --- Jane Gonzales

 

REFLECTION:

 

Take the time today to thank God that His mercy never ends.

 

Lord Jesus, forgive us for allowing the world to engulf us. Help us to keep our sight straight and focused on Your truth and goodness. Amen.
 
 
 
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1 Thursday, 03 December 2009 09:05
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INCREASE OUR FAITH

The need for faith. Asking for it.

The deaf, that day, will hear the words of a book and, after shadow and darkness, the eyes of the blind will see. But the lowly will rejoice in the Lord even more, and the poorest exult in the Holy One of Israel! (First reading of the Mass Is 29:17-24).

The new era of the Messiah is proclaimed by the prophets to be full of joy and of marvels. The Redeemer will ask only one thing of us: faith. Without this virtue the kingdom of God will not come among us.

The Gospel of today’s Mass tells of two blind men who follow after Christ shouting for him to cure them. Son of David, take pity on us, they say. Our Lord asks them: Do you believe I can do this? (Matt 9:27-31). When they reply ‘Yes, Lord’, he sends them away cured with the words: According to your faith, be it done to you (Matt 9:28-29). In the same way he restores the sight of another man in Jericho: Go your way; your faith has made you whole. And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way (Mark 10:52). He assures the father whose daughter has died: Do not fear; only believe and she shall be well (Luke 8:50). A few moments earlier he has cured a woman who has suffered for twelve years from an internal haemorrhage. Coming up behind him, she has touched the fringe of his cloak. Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace (Luke 8:48). To the Canaanite he will say: Woman, great is thy faith. And later: be it done to you as you desire (Matt 15:28). For those who believe there are no obstacles. All things are possible to him who believes (Mark 9:23), he says to the father of the boy possessed by a dumb spirit.

The apostles open their hearts and minds to Our Lord in all simplicity. They know their faith is often not great enough to take in the things they see and hear. So one day they ask Jesus: Increase our faith! And Our Lord replies: If you had faith as small as a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this sycamore tree, be rooted up, and be planted in the sea, and it would obey you (Luke 17:9-10).

If we live with our eyes fixed on God we need fear nothing: Faith, if it is strong, protects the whole house (St Ambrose, Commentary on the Psalms, 18,12,13). It protects our whole life. With faith we can achieve results far in excess of our own scanty powers; literally nothing will be impossible. Christ lays down one condition: we must live by faith; then we will be able to move mountains. And so many things need moving ... in the world, but, first of all in our own hearts (J. Escrivá, Friends of God, 203). Let us imitate the apostles and humbly but manfully ask Our Lord to have pity on us, for we know how weak and cowardly we are. Lord, increase our faith, we say to him in our prayer. Holy Mary, ask your Son to increase our faith, so often weak and feeble!

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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