Posted by: livingscripture | December 1, 2008

December 1, 2008 First Monday of Advent

From the Word of the Day


Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, in terrible distress.

  (Mark 8, 6)

How should we live this Word


Advent – a time of waiting!  The liturgy leads us to pray, ‘Come Lord, free us!  Let Your face shine upon us and we shall be saved!’  Do we repeat these words with true conviction?  Are we really persuaded that we need salvation and that the Lord can and wants to bring it to us?  When we take things for granted, we end up by emptying them of their meaning, rendering them vain.  Thus we run the risk of remaining alienated from the events that we are living.  The liturgical seasons follow one another, presenting us with Jesus’ redemptive work.  Do we allow them to pass by without letting them touch us? 


We must become aware that, like the centurion’s servant, we too are affected by some form of paralysis that keeps us nailed to our house, closed in our narrow interests.  We are incapable of going outward, taking to heart the problems that assail society, our neighbors, and perhaps even our own family.  This awareness is the first step we must take.


Jesus’ words, ‘I will come and cure him’, still ring out as a freeing event toward which our whole being tends.  It is an announcement of joy that puts us in a state of expectancy.  We are at the beginning of this rich liturgical time.  It is the favorable moment to shake ourselves from our torpor.  We must re-launch our efforts to say a more decisive ‘yes’ to the love that knocks at our door each day, a love we do not recognize because it has the face of those who live near us and are awaiting a bit of attention, a helping hand, a smile…


Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask myself what kind of paralysis I have?  I will ask Jesus to heal me and, on my part, I will work with more effort on that point during this time of advent.


Come, Lord Jesus, open my eyes so that I may see the negative things that nest in me and I may let You enter my home as my Savior.


The Voice of B. Pascal, Philosopher and Theologian


Human greatness lies in this: we are conscious of our own misery.

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