The scriptures from today’s liturgy urge us to embrace the message of Advent, a time of holy longing characterized by a daily quest for the coming of Christ into our hearts. The Israelites had grown “lukewarm” as they waited for the promised Messiah and were reminded to wait patiently and “hearken” to the commandments.… Thus, says the Lord, the Holy one of Israel: I, the Lord your God, teach you what is for your good, and lead you on the way you should go (Isaiah 48:17). To follow “the way” involves confidence in the covenant promise that a messiah, Christ, would come to lead the Jewish people and us, not only to salvation but to greater intimacy with God. The gospel reveals Jesus exposing the obstinacy and lack of wisdom of his contemporaries (Mathew 11:16-19).
God calls each of us to holiness, the realm of the sacred, and a state of belonging to an incarnated God of infinite love, mercy, and power. Our faith tells us Jesus lives among us, abiding in eucharistic presence and our very being. Today’s psalm response exhorts …Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life (John 8:12). Our Advent prayer expresses a yearning for the gifts of hope, peace, joy, and love to illuminate our world.
Father Eymard wrote: When he [Jesus] was born on the straw of the stable… He was coming to be united to man. During his life, he would establish with man a union of grace… but only in the Eucharist would he communicate the most perfect union of which man is capable here below. If we want to understand the divine plan, we must not lose sight… of the purpose our Lord had in mind: a union of grace through the mysteries of his life and death, a physical and personal union through the Eucharist. Both unions were to prepare the consummation of union in glory.” (The Eymard Library, the Real Presence, Volume 1, page 237)
Let Us Pray:
Father God, we wait with eagerness and patient hope for each coming of your Son into our hearts. May we live as you have taught us, ready to welcome you with burning love and faith. Let the light of your glory dawn to take away our darkness and reveal us as children of light, now, and when your Son calls us to eternal life. Amen. (Inspired by prayers from Liturgy of Hours for today)
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