Posted by: livingscripture | December 4, 2010

First Saturday of Advent

From the Word of the Day 

O people of Zion, who dwell in Jerusalem, no more will you weep; He will be gracious to you when you cry out, as soon as he hears he will answer you.

                   Isaiah 30: 19 

How should we live this Word 

Listen, O heart that longs with desire for God.  God is in love with you!  God desires you and delves into the folds of your heart to discover a ray of light that will allow Him to give Himself to you.  This is the joyful message of Isaiah that today’s liturgy proposes to us.  Because we are created free, we can lose our way, attracted by foolish mirages that are very seductive.  We can be led to the bitterest of experiences and remain enmeshed in them. 

Something like this happened to Israel.  The Lord sees them struggling in their trials and, as when they were slaves in Egypt, He reveals His solicitous presence.  ‘Yes, I will come to free you’ Isaiah is saying in God’s name.  All that is needed is a movement of repentance, a turning to Him, a breach that opens a space allowing Him to come to our aid. 

Even the most devastating events, like sin, can become occasions to accept God’s loving presence, to discover His real face as a Father who follow us, is interested in us even when we turn our back on Him.  He always respects our freedom, but He is there to see the moment when our heart is ready to receive Him with even the least sign of sorrow, the weakest cry for help so that He can hurry to assist us                                                            

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will look into my heart to discern its readiness to receive the Lord at each moment. 

Lord, allow me to rest in this certainty today.  Let it be impressed in my heart with tenacity so that my journey may be transformed into a hymn of gratitude and love. 

The voice of Maurice Zundel, contemporary witness

 Our happiness today is having the presentiment that we need to change god!  We need to give God, not the face of a Pharaoh, of a master who pulls the string of history, but rather to re-discover God as love that is hidden within us, like a fragile Love, an unarmed Love, at any rate, Love!

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