Posted by: livingscripture | December 16, 2013

Third Monday of Advent

From the Word of the Day

When Balaam raised his eyes and saw Israel encamped, tribe by tribe, the spirit of God came upon him, and he gave voice to his oracle: The utterance of Balaam, son of Beor, the utterance of the man whose eye is true, the utterance of one who hears what God says, and knows what the Most High knows, of one who sees what the Almighty sees, enraptured, and with eyes unveiled: how goodly are your tents, O Jacob; your encampments, O Israel!  They are like gardens beside a stream, like the cedars planted by the Lord.  His wells shall yield free-flowing waters, he shall have the sea within reach; his king shall rise higher, and his royalty shall be exalted.”

                                                                                          (Numbers 24: 2-7)


How should we live this Word Landscape-Arch-by-Moosebite[1]

Balak, king of Moab, a small state near Israel, has commanded the prophet Balaam to curse all of Israel, tribe by tribe.  But God does not curse.  In fact, He intervenes with His Spirit that inspires him to say just the opposite, a blessing.  What happens to Balaam is surprising.  It is the opening of ears and heart on a reality blessed by God.  It is a reality that Balaam sees with a joyfully new vision, because the Lord has opened the ear of his heart so that he could hear His Word.  He took the veil from his eyes so that he could see what lay before him in God’s light.

This is why as we near Christmas, it is important that the Lord open us to the deep meaning of this feast to be lived more interiorly than exteriorly.  It is the celebration of His coming into our story, not as a powerful king to impose his will, but as a baby, a human child.  His omnipotence is emptied into a most absolute impotence so that we might acquire the power to hear and see with our heart.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will stay before the Lord in silence, opening the ears and eyes of my heart to Him as He comes to be with me.

Lord, open me to hear interiorly the cry of the poor.  Let the veil of egoism fall from my eyes.  Grant that I may listen to Your Word so that my eyes may see what You show me and I may be blessed by You and may become a blessing. 

The voice of Gabriele Rossetti, Poet

Those who believe sterilely do not have true faith. Your faith is dead if it gives no fruit; if it is not burning with hope and charity.

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