Posted by: livingscripture | December 14, 2013

Second Saturday of Advent

From the Word of the Day

To turn back the hearts of fathers toward their sons…”

                                                                                             (Sirach 48: 10)

 

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These words referred to the mission of the prophet Isaiah will be taken up again by St. Luke the Evangelist to describe the Baptist’s mission, ‘He will walk before him with the spirit and power of Elijah to lead the hearts of fathers toward their sons, and the rebellious to the wisdom of the just, to prepare a well-disposed people for the Lord.” (Cf Luke 1: 17)

Sometimes we forget this aspect of the prophets.  We forget that their task is above all theological, announcing God’s word; His punishment and His forgiveness, helping their contemporaries recognize the presence of God in history.

However, besides this there is also an ordinary task but no less important, of re-building ties, re-uniting affections, leading once again ‘the hearts of the fathers toward their children.’  In fact, we must not forget that God’s Word puts down roots more easily where the heart’s wounds have been listened to and healed.

Preparing a people well-disposed does not mean simply giving them the right coordinates to understand what is about to happen, but also to lighten souls of burdens, of  divisions, of broken affections; of consoling, and of softening hardness.  Thus, our being prophets asks us to go the extra mile.  We must not only be servants of the Word, but we must occupy ourselves with the ground in which it will be sown so that it is already prepared and ready, so that all the emptiness of solitude will be filled, all the stones of discord removed, and fences of reconciled affections be built.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will ponder that I too am called to be a prophet to prepare the way of the Lord, right here where I live and work, among the people I meet each day.  It is an awesome task that the Lord trusts me with and He Himself gives me the wisdom and courage to do it.

Lord, help me to be an instrument of reconciliation and of peace, to commit myself to serve those who are living the suffering of division, of solitude, of distance. 

The voice of Frere Roger, Monk

My life consists in discerning in others what devastates them and what rejoices them, and in communicating with the sufferings and joys of others.

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