Posted by: livingscripture | November 29, 2009

First Sunday of Advent

From the Word of the Day

 

I will raise up for David a just shoot; he shall do what is right and just in the land.

                                                    Jeremiah 33: 15-16                                    

 How should we live this Word

 The Advent that begins today is a precious time to re-discover Christmas vitally and with profound joy not equated with material gifts.  In the first reading, Jeremiah foresees the full realization of God’s promises.  These converge on a ‘just shoot that will do what is right and just in the land’.  Who is this Shoot if not the Messiah, the centuries old promise made to Israel?  Jesus of Nazareth revolutionized the criteria for a true and happy life with His Gospel.

 Christmas is the remembrance of His birth in the soil of the Virgin Mary.  It is also a projection into the future.  Then the realization will no long be partial but in all its fullness in the triumph of that justice without which there can be no peace and charity becomes a lie. 

 Advent means ‘coming’.  As we wait for the fullness of the justice that will climax society and bring the abundance of true goods, we are called to practice justice above all.  We cannot call ourselves practicing Catholics because we attend Sunday Mass and perform some pious practices while our minds are turned toward our own profit, to compromise, to the accumulation of wealth for our well being and that of our children.  Justice must be lived in my home and outside it, in relationship with persons and things. 

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will consider that only through coherent witness to the word and action of Jesus, whom I have chosen as Lord, can I live Advent with a heart full of light and joy.

 You, Lord Jesus, are the ‘just Shoot’ par excellence.  Open me to the paths of rectitude in thought, in my will, words, and actions.

 The voice of H. Teissier, Archbishop

 We are awaiting liberation.  It will come.  It comes already in our very trials because it passes through our sufferings and our trials.  Here is the Messiah we are awaiting.  Even Advent, as any Christian reality, can lead us to the true Joy of Christmas but it must pass through Good Friday.


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