Posted by: livingscripture | December 9, 2009

Second Wednesday of Advent

From the Word of the Day


Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these things: he leads out their army and numbers them, calling them all by name.

                                               Isaiah 40: 25

 How should we live this Word

 Today’s first reading invites us to direct our gaze to God’s all powerful magnificence.  This helps us to have an image of God’s grandeur that is not reduced to the small fantasies of our imagination.  Precisely because He is awesome and powerful, God reveals Himself in the Gospels as the most merciful One.  ‘Come to me all you who are burdened and fatigued and I will give you rest.’

 Our Advent journey leads us to be ever more aware that we can count on God for all that is, for all our needs here and now, in the labors of our day.  The prophet Isaiah reveals the omnipotence of God’s love in a strange way: by taking on our nature with all its limitations and fatigues.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will stop to consider God’s folly.  From being omnipotent, He became all-Loving, meek, and humble in His humanity, as the contemporary philosopher Paul Ricoeur says.  To receive Him in this humility and love communicates strength to me along with courage, hope, and concrete indications for a journey of spiritual renewal and of fraternal service.  In this way, I too can become all-loving as far as is possible for my humanity!

 Jesus, You are meek and humble of heart.  Make my heart like Yours.

 The voice of the poet Rumi

 You are the sea and I swim in You, like a fish.  You are the desert that I journey along, like a gazelle.  Fill me with Your breath.  I cannot do without it.

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