Posted by: livingscripture | December 6, 2011

Second Tuesday of Advent

From the Word of the Day 

“Though the grass withers and the flower wilts, the word of our God stands forever.”

                                         Isaiah 40:  8                                                                                                 

How should we live this Word 

Faith does not mean an infantile closing our eyes to immerse ourselves in a candied world where all comes out well thanks to the magic wand of a condescending fairy called God.  Believers are realists who know how to name what they are living.  They are conscious of the limitations that mark our creature state and are not prone to be enchanted by or to exalt the conquests of human ingenuity to the point of blindness. 

They are supported by this certainty, everything passes, but God’s Word endures forever.  Jesus Himself confirms this in His Gospel when He says, ‘heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.’  He confirms this affirmation by fulfilling His most audacious prediction.  ‘I will rise from the dead!’

The Christians are those who see the grass wither and the flower wilt without becoming upset because their house is founded on the rock of the Word that nothing can overcome.  If I can appreciate the flower where it is blooming, I know how to rejoice in what life offers in the awareness that it is not definitive.  When these fail, I do not marvel or anguish over it too much.  What I never lose sight of is the horizon that God Himself has guaranteed.  I can see profiled on this horizon, the One who said, ‘I come quickly!’ 

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ponder that Advent is not only a liturgical season, but also the projecting of my life toward the realization of a date with Jesus that He Himself has fixed.  My faith should be so strong as to keep me in this attitude.  Is it? 

 

Lord, grant that I may relight the fire of my expectancy, trusting in Your Word that never fails. 

The voice of St. Jerome, Bible Scholar 

While we are on earth, let us study that Reality whose knowledge will remain even when we are in Heaven.


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