Posted by: livingscripture | December 15, 2012

Second Saturday of Advent

From the Word of the Day

“You were destined, it is written, in time to come to put an end to wrath before the day of the Lord, to turn back the hearts of fathers toward their sons.”

                                                              (Sirach 48: 9) 

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Time is passing quickly.  We are already at the middle of Advent and the Church presents us with the persons of Elijah and John the Baptist.  Both men were inflamed with love for God and the salvation of their people.  They are tormented by the many contradictions they see in the life of the countrymen of their times.  They warn them, advise them, and condemn them; they do all that is possible, even at a personal price, to re-direct them on the right path.  Their task is to prepare the way.  Only Jesus will be able to unchain them from sin and truly free them forever.

Jesus accomplishes the prophets’ promises, taking upon Himself the sins of the world and voluntarily offering Himself in an act of expiation and merciful love that creates a moment of apparent destruction. Who can understand such a love?  We can only adore!

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will be aware that Jesus invites me to have a love like His for Him and for all my sisters and brothers.

Lord Jesus, You are the way that leads to the Father. Give me the courage to take seriously the life You have given to me.  With eyes of faith, help me to see the consequences of my daily life and to see how I should better it or remedy it.

The voice of Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Jesus’ words, “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 5: 12), should not only be light for us, but also a devouring fire of all that impedes me from attaining holiness.

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