Posted by: livingscripture | December 2, 2013

First Monday of Advent

From the Word of the Day

For over all, the Lord’s glory will be shelter and protection: shade from the parching heat of day, refuge and cover from storm and rain.”

                                                                                                 Isaiah 4: 5

 

How should we live this Wordcenturians-servant

Today’s Liturgy recaptures the reading of Sunday, but at the same time, it projects us ahead to make concrete steps on the way opened up by the Lord Himself.  He has made it easier to traverse if we keep in mind the teachings imparted in His house.

The indications are not few, nor are they easy to accomplish and persevere in day after day.  And yet, we can summarize the loving invitation that impels us to do even the most banal tasks with the same solicitude with which we would accomplish glorious works, and with the unconditional trust that protects us from egoism and guards us in the shade of God’s will.

This is how the Roman Centurion at Capernaum understood the law of the Lord of Israel and applied it to his situation when he invited Jesus to save his sick servant.  The soldier, who is regarded by all as an alien and disliked, did not feel it proper for the Teacher to enter his home.  However, his words reveal that faith which finds refuge and help only in the Lord’s tent.  It is as Isaiah wrote, For over all, the Lord’s glory will be shelter and protection: shade from the parching heat of day, refuge, and cover from storm and rain.”

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will make the prayer and the confidence of the centurion my own as intercession for all those who have most need so that the Lord’s shade may cover them as well.

Lord, I am not worthy that You should enter my house but only say the word and my soul will be healed.

The voice of St. Seraphim of Sarov, Russian Monk and Mystic of the Orthodox Church 

How can I know whether I am in the grace of the Holy Spirit?  That is very simple…for that is why the Lord says that everything is simple for those to whom understanding is given…Submit to the Holy Spirit…”


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