Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr
Our Advent journey is a time of anticipation and waiting for the birth of our Savior. Isaiah reminds us in the first reading of the Father’s promise to the Hebrew people: I, the Lord, your God, teach you what is for your good, and lead you the way you should go. If you hearken to my commandments your prosperity would be like a river, your vindication like the waves of the sea (Is 48:17-19).
The words of the gospel antiphon announce:The Lord will come: go out to meet him: He is the prince of peace. Yet the gospel parable that follows seemingly relates that Jesus is aware of rejection by his chosen people (Mt 11:16-19). Questions arise: Do I reject invitations from God and miss opportunities to grow in my relationship with him? Do I spend time in silence, letting God shape his Word in me? The increasing darkness of winter days, the candle lights of the Advent wreath, the brightness of ever present seasonal festive lights, the lights of sun and moon and stars, remind us of the Father’s gift to us. The Son of God, the Light of the world, comes to redeem us from sin and darkness and from the limitations of our humanity.
Eymard writes: But the interior gift of self [to God our Father] is our gift, because then our Lord becomes the master of the field to be cultivated, the tree to be grafted. He becomes our Savior, also, by his choice of the graces to sanctify us, divesting us first of all by self denial, then by giving us his own form of life, according to his will. To sum up, he is the God of our heart, the spouse of our soul…” (To Mrs Lepage, February 4, 1865.)
Blessed are those who walk hand in hand with goodness, who stand beside virtue, who sit in the seat of truth; For their delight is in the Spirit of Love, and in Love’s heart they live day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of water, that yield fruit in due season, and their leaves flourish; And in all that they do, they give life. The unloving are not so;
They are like dandelions which the wind blows away. Turning from the Heart of Love they will know suffering and pain. They will be isolated from wisdom; for love knows the way of truth, the way of ignorance will perish as Love’s penetrating Light breaks through hearts filled with illusions: forgiveness is the way. (Today’s Responsorial Psalm [Paraphrase by Nan C. Merrill, Psalms for Praying]
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)