Posted by: livingscripture | December 1, 2014

First Monday of Advent

From the Word of the Day

“Many will come from the east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven.”

 (Matthew 8:11)  

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With the birth of Christ, God makes Himself accessible to every human being.  He lets Himself be encountered by anyone with faith in His goodness and His omnipotence, just like the Centurion in today’s Gospel who comes to tell Jesus of the sickness of his servant.  In his humility and respect, he affirms that he is not worthy for the Lord to enter into his home, but says that His word alone is enough to cure his servant.   These are the words that we repeat before receiving Communion.

Today, we too are asked to trust God, His Word and to open our heart to receive Him.  He offers salvation to all people, without limitations or barriers of race, nationality, language.  Christ offers His mercy to all and praises the centurion’s faith.  Thus, God’s dream of uniting all peoples from East and West in His Kingdom is fulfilled.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I shall repeat the words of the centurion with true faith and beg Jesus to come to remain with me and help me to remain with Him always. 

Lord, help me to rediscover the beauty of faith in You.  With infinite love and affection, receive and save all people. 

The voice of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Lutheran Theologian 

Those capable of believing in God’s Kingdom are only those who are on the journey, loving God and the earth together.

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