Posted by: livingscripture | December 10, 2013

Second Tuesday of Advent

From the Word of the Day

Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God.  Speak tenderly to Jerusalem.”

                                                                                             (Isaiah 40: 1-2)


How should we live this Word cbconsolator_t[1]

Isaiah’s words seem to echo the words of a psalm, “I waited for compassion but in vain, for consolation but I did not find it.’  (Cf Psalm 29)  The desire for consolation increases without limit, but it is not easy to find.  Consoling is a difficult art because it does not come from studying, or reading a lot of books, or listening to some conferences.  Consolation comes from one who loves truly. It is this love that nourishes our interior life and our humanity.

This problem is that we are often devoid of humanity, like an empty well from which we cannot draw water.  We have become able workers.  We know how to do a thousand things.  We are experts in the various technologies.  However, we are not preoccupied about maturing in our humanity.  Maybe we have the courage to make a parachute jump, but then we lack the courage to hold the hand of a dying person.

We flee from suffering for which we have no answers to questions we never asked ourselves, that we do not understand.  We try to distract ourselves, to stop thinking.  But our flight results in a loss of humanity and interiority, forgetting that only these put us in communication with the heart of another.

Today, the Gospel itself speaks of God’s mercy, announcing a paradox.  In His divinity, the Lord is more human than we are.  We women and men of 2013 can still learn humanity from Him.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will gaze on Jesus’ actions in the Gospels and in my life and I will ask Him to give me the ability to console others.

Lord, help us to learn how to be truly human from Your Son.

The voice of Pope John XXIII, soon to be canonized

Goodness must be proclaimed in the face of the world so that it radiates all around and penetrates every form of individual and social living.  Goodness is an explicit duty of everyone.

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