Posted by: livingscripture | December 2, 2008

December 2, 2008 First Tuesday of Advent

From the Word of the Day

I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes.

  (luke 10, 21)

How should we live this Word


The awareness of our own spiritual paralysis goes hand in hand with the humility that nourishes the knowledge of our limitations, of those who discover and accept to be ‘little’ before God.  To live Advent, means to place ourselves before the mystery that is inconceivable for human pride.  We are before a God who clothes Himself in our fragile humanity and hands Himself over to us under the sign of weakness, as a baby who needs everything!  Let’s leave aside all the poetry that empties this event of its power to provoke.


Yes, the omnipotent God, the unspeakable, the totally Other, comes to entrust Himself to our presumption.  Who are we to make ourselves equal to God and end up by treading underfoot the very dignity and greatness that marks us as His image?   Advent is a time to cast aside the appendages we have clothed ourselves in and that hide us from ourselves.  This is an invitation to face the truth of ourselves.  Then we will no longer feel uncomfortable looking at that Baby and pronouncing His name, God.  We will no longer need to find a thousand reasons to diminish its import, reducing it to a feast for children.


Yes, let us decorate our homes  and our cities with lights.  But above all, let us make our lives transparent so that the Light Jesus came to bring to us will illumine and warm the place where we live.


Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will remain in quiet adoration before this mystery that disturbs me because it clashes with my pride.  God becomes powerless so that I may allow Him to stop my pride.  I will individuate its manifestations and I will commit myself to seriously work to remove them.


Lord Jesus, who reveal Yourself to the little  and simple ones, free me from the complications of pride so that I may receive Your light and radiate it around me..


The Voice of Louis M. Baudin, Cistercian


Humility is  passion for praising God, completely forgetting ourselves till finally there is no trace of self love that comes to detract from the homage due to Him who is…The gift received from on high, must return like incense toward the One from whom it emanates:  humility seeks to hold nothing back.


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