Raise a glad cry, break forth in jubilant song (Is 54: 1). Christmas is less than a week away. St. John the Baptist, the messenger, is identified as the promised precursor of the Messiah. The least in the Kingdom of God is declared even greater than John. Those who listen to Jesus, including the tax collectors, are invited to be disciples. The Pharisees and the Scribes will not follow Jesus, nor John the Baptist. They reject the plan of God for themselves.
The rays pass but the sun remains
St. Eymard tells Mrs. Mathilde Girard-Jordan on May 19, 1868, that on the feast of the Ascension (May 1, 1856) he was on retreat in Paris to pray and discern whether he should labor for the Work of the Blessed Sacrament. “It was Ascension for me!” he writes. “It is now eleven years since that date. So many graces received, and so many deficiencies for me…Oh! Our Lord wanted to prove once more that he is the one who is everything, that he can do everything” (Counsels for Spiritual Life, p. 209-211).
Reflect on how our Lord has been in your life these days of Advent.
Come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, come ye to Bethlehem. Father, may we share the joy and peace of Christmas, and radiate it to all we meet during the Christmas Season.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)