Posted by: livingscripture | December 11, 2009

Second Friday of Advent

From the Word of the Day


If you would hearken to my commandments, your prosperity would be like a river, and your vindication like the waves of the sea.

                                                      Isaiah 48: 18

 How should we live this Word

 The Word that the Lord gives to me today through the prophet Isaiah is connected to what immediately precedes it, ‘I, the Lord your God, teach you what is for your good’.  It is decisively a good thing for me to obey the Law of God and do His will.  My peace and that of all peoples lies in this direction because God’s plan is salvation.  It is redemption from evil.  Our own will risks being just a caprice.

 Today’s Gospel says this as well.  Jesus uses the image of children who are always discontent.  They are asked to act out a wedding, but they don’t feel like it nor do they feel like acting out a funeral.  The lesson is clear.  My spiritual journey consists in adhering to God moment by moment, avoiding all negative criticism about people and situations.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to reveal to me the meaning of His being Redeemer and Savior for me at each moment.  I will ask Him for interior clarity and spiritual maturity so as not to give into criticism at every turn, perpetually discontent and wasting my interior energy.

 Come Lord Jesus Come!  Maranatha!  Illumine my mind and my heart so that I may recognise You as Lord and Savior.

 The voice of Karl Rahner, Theologian

 I must keep rousing myself.  The eternal can come to me in an instant and forever, now, while I think that what is fleeting is not very important.  Not all of my atoms are equally filled with this event that remains.  When could it happen that an atom of my time is ‘full’, as when we speak of the ‘fullness of time’ that reached the world with the Word of God incarnate?

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