Posted by: livingscripture | December 10, 2009

Second Thursday of Advent

From the Word of the Day


I am the Lord, your God, who grasp your right hand; fear not, I will help you.

                                                Luke 41: 13

 How should we live this Word

 One of the prayers of today’s Mass says, ‘O God, reawaken the faith of Your people so that they may prepare the way of Your only Son’.  Isaiah’s words help us to rouse in our hearts that deep faith which means trusting the Lord completely.  God tells His exiled people and us as well, in this time of eclipsed values, ‘I grasp your right hand’. 

 Not only is God not eclipsed, He does not leave us dismayed in the present hour.  Over the fears that may nest in our heart, He pronounces the words, ‘Fear not.  I will help you.’  Without disqualifying our initiative and will and capacity for the good, He lends His powerful hand.  Moses was able to face Pharaoh and ask for the people’s liberation through the courage that God gave him as He told him, ‘do not fear’.  This phrase resounds repeatedly in Scripture.  It was pronounced to Mary by the Angel in God’s name.  The ‘do not fear’ of the Mystery of the Incarnation can conquer the darkness of our situations today as well.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will thank God with a simple and trustful heart.

Thank You, my Lord, my strength, my song!  Come Lord Jesus Come!  Maranatha!

 The voice of Cardinal Martini

 We have perhaps lived and will again live hard moments, but we have the certainty that God will never leave us, that God is faithful to Himself.  The Lord will establish us on the rock of His love.  He will help us to believe that He is preparing great things.  We need have no fear.  He will continue to work in us with power and will enlarge our heat to the horizons of God and of all humanity.


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