A few weeks ago, I had a dream. I don’t remember what the dream was about, but suddenly out of nowhere appeared my dad and grandmother and as quickly as they appeared, they were gone, and I awoke abruptly. The dream stuck with me and brought me comfort when I needed it most. We all have moments in our life when we question God’s presence. Our prayers feel empty, our personal and communal problems are overwhelming, yet God is ever-present, especially in the people around us, living and dead. When I felt emptiness, God sent me the two most instrumental people at the beginning of my faith journey.
The readings today offer hope in a time that we often don’t hear, see or feel God’s presence in our world. In Daniel’s vision, we are comforted by the fact that no matter what trials we experience, His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away.
In the gospel, we are called to discern our place in the kingdom of God. Are we living the Eucharist fully? Are we nourishment for others? Do we see, feel and hear God’s presence in everyday life, especially in the people around us? Are we attentive to the needs of those less fortunate?
Our strength to aid us in building the kingdom of God is found in the closing of the gospel; heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
Saint Eymard refers to these times of hopelessness and dryness as natural weakness, always encouraging us to push forward through praise, thanksgiving, and prayer.
As we approach the Advent/Christmas season, what will you do to build the kingdom of God, to be God’s presence in a world of uncertainty and division?
Stir up the will of your faithful, we pray, O Lord, that, striving more eagerly to bring your divine work to fruitful completion, they may receive in greater measure the healing remedies your kindness bestows. Amen. (Taken from the Collect for today)
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