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December 10, 2018

The prophet Isaiah captures today what Advent is all about: They will bloom with abundant flowers, and rejoice with joyful song. They will see the glory of the LORD, the splendor of our God. Strengthen the hands that are feeble, make firm the knees that are weak, say to those whose hearts are frightened: be strong, fear not!

Those of us who are aging know about weak knees. We are facing the loss of energy, physical abilities, and so on. All of us, whatever our age, worry about the world our grandchildren, nieces, and nephews are growing up in. We daily read news of sorrow and pain in so many parts of our country and in so many conflicted areas of the world. We often feel paralyzed by a sense of frustration, weakness, and fear in the face of so much that can overwhelm, not the least of which is our own sinfulness.

And then we hear Jesus saying to the paralyzed man in today’s gospel from Luke: Your sins are forgiven, rise and walk. There is hope! With faith, Jesus can cure what ails us.

When we come to the Eucharist or to our time in prayer or adoration, we bring who we are in the moment: our worries, concerns, fears, and weaknesses. As Isaiah says, Here is your God, he comes to save you. Place it all on the altar, open yourself to the reconciliation, the transformation, the nourishment, and the peace of the Lord in the mystery of the Eucharist.

What do you bring today that needs healing, forgiveness, and transformation?

Prayer

Our God will come to save us. I will hear what God proclaims; the LORD ― for he proclaims peace to his people. Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him, glory dwelling in our land.

Our God will come to save us.

Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss.

Truth shall spring out of the earth, and justice shall look down from heaven.

Our God will come to save us.

 

Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)

 

 


About Jim Brown

Jim Brown is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament. He is the director of the Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (CEE) and has worked in a professional capacity for over 30 years with the Congregation. He and his wife live in Cincinnati Ohio.