Posted by: livingscripture | December 13, 2009

Third Sunday of Advent


From the Word of the Day


In you I shall leave surviving a humble and lowly people, and those who are left in Israel will take refuge in the name of Yahweh.  They will do no wrong, will tell no lies, nor will a deceitful tongue be found in them.

   Zephaniah 3: 12-13 

How should we live this Word

 What is most important in this time of waiting for the Lord is an interior attitude of great humility.  Humble people recognize their fragile, weak reality and their immense need for the Lord to save them. 

 The prophet’s words lash out against the proud, ‘Woe to the rebellious cities!  They did not listen to the voice, they did not accept correction, they did not trust in the Lord’.  Proud people are like a barricade that blocks the passage of the vivifying wave of salvation.  Humility instead is facing the truth about oneself.  It means opening up to the truth of God and of ourselves.  No we are no better than others are.  We, who call ourselves practicing Christians, have within us attitudes that are not pleasing to God.  They cover up our comforts, our touchiness so quick to defend itself.  We are like the son of today’s Gospel who readily says ‘yes’ to the Lord, but then, precisely to cover up the lie, does not do what the Father wants.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will see what pride separates me from others.  I will ask for the grace to feel myself one with the entire world’s anguish, with all its sins, of which I am truly a part.

 Lord, I trust in You.  This is why I ask You to come to destroy my pride.  Save me and make me authentic in humble love.

 The voice of Michel de Montaigne, French author and politician

 What happens to the grain of wheat also happens to truly wise people.  While they are empty, they raise their head straight up and proudly. But when they are full of kernels, they begin to humble themselves and bow their head.



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