Posted by: livingscripture | December 24, 2009

Fourth Thursday of Advent

From the Word of the Day

 In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

                                                                                              Luke 1: 78-79

 How should we live this Word

 This text is preceded by the motivations that prompt this event to be announced as a great light.  It deals with the rising sun.  We know that the source of life and joy is Jesus.  How could such an event of solar clarity have come about, this joy and salvation?  Humanity did not merit it with its history marked by errors and even dark evil.

 All has come about ‘though the tender compassion of our God’.  Our meditation takes this trajectory.  It is in this joyful immersion of the certainty of a God who loves us infinitely because of His goodness and His unlimited mercy, that our gaze contemplates the rising sun.  Jesus does not leave us in our sadness, pessimism, depression.  He came to open the way of peace that is His Gospel, which is He Himself.  He came to guide us step by step on this road.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on this reality.

 Lord, You open to us a vision that is the opposite of the anxious seeking for things to prepare for Christmas so that it is full of gifts.  You make me contemplate Jesus as the great Sun that rises on the horizon of my life with the promise of that which really counts, peace.  My heart obtains this peace when, with Him, I accomplish what the Father wants.

 The voice of Cyril of Alexandria, Church Doctor

 The world found itself in error, serving creation instead of the Creator.  It was clouded in ignorance.  The night, so to say, had fallen on the minds of everyone and did not allow them to see the One who is truly and by nature, God.  But the Lord of all, rose up for the Israelites like a light and like the sun.


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