Posted by: livingscripture | December 10, 2014

Second Wednesday in Advent

From the Word of the Day

“Though young men faint and grow weary, and youths stagger and fall, they that hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagles’ wings; they will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.”

 (Isaiah 40: 29-31)           

How should we live this Word image037-praise

What does it mean to hope in the Lord?  Does it make any sense?  Or is it only an expression to defer the resolution of a problem because it cannot be given meaning now?  Let’s give some density to this expression.

To hope is to already ‘see’ what is not yet.  To hope is to find the way to persevere in this ‘already but not yet’.  It is to use the sometimes few certainties acquired to find the energy to go ahead.  To hope is to intuit how things will end and learn to give due weight to fatigues and errors.  Even young people tire and adults err.  To hope is to know how to wait for those intuitions to be accomplished.  To hope is to share that intuition with God each day, and discern with Him in the things that happen how and if this can be confirmed and realized, with patience, courage and without fear, without preconceptions.  This allows us to regain strength to face even that which makes no sense.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will renew my hope in God and in His promises.  His Word is true and never fails. 

Lord, I pray for the people who are discouraged and disillusioned, for those who are angry because they are treated unjustly, for those who cynically do not what to be clothed in the beauty of their humanity, which is Your beauty.

The voice of Pope Francis

When we are the ones who want to create diversity and we close ourselves inside our peculiarities and exclusiveness, we bring division.  When we want to create unity only according to our human plans, we end up by bringing uniformity and homogenization.  If instead we allow ourselves to be guided by the Holy Spirit, then richness, variety, and diversity are never in conflict, because He leads us to live variety in the communion of the Church.  It deals with a perspective of hope, but at the same time, also fatigue insofar as we always carry in ourselves the temptation to resist the Holy Spirit, because He disquiets us, moves us, makes us walk, prods the Church to go ahead.  It is always easier and more comfortable to adapt ourselves to our static and unchangeable positions.



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