Posted by: livingscripture | December 12, 2014

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

From the Word of the Day

“Sing and rejoice!  See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the Lord”. (Zechariah 2: 14-17)

“I am the Lord your God who teaches you for your good; who guides you on the road you are to follow”.   (Isaiah 48: 17)         

(Passages are from the Mass of Our Lady and the Mass of Advent)

  

How should we live this Wordour-lady21

The prophet Zechariah proclaims the closeness of our God and bids us rejoice.  Isaiah emphasizes the difficulty of a good life, but at the same time, he tells of the fluidity of this fatigue due to God’s presence, who wants to be known and loved by His creatures.  It happens rarely that the Bible speaks of God’s voice coming directly.  It is usually indirect, through His prophets and patriarchs.  But in these passages the prophets create a space where God’s voice arrives directly.  “I am the Lord your God!”  “I am coming to dwell among you!”  This is God’s ‘visiting card’, which introduces further revelations.    As we await the fullness of revelation in the coming of the Savior, God manifests Himself as the One who accompanies us on our journey.  God is close to us.  God directs us to the good and the beautiful to be chosen with love.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will revel in God’s closeness to me and listen attentively to His voice speaking in the silent depths of my heart. 

Lord, so many deny Your presence and Your existence in the sufferings of life.  Please be our companion on the journey.  Help me to be Your mediator, proclaiming You as our Friend, ever humble and sincere. 

The voice of a Letter of Diognetus

For all the time in which He conserved and guarded the mystery of His wise plan, it seemed that God neglected us and did not think of us.  But when through His Beloved Son, He revealed and made known what had been prepared from the beginning, He offered us its totality: to enjoy His benefits, to contemplate Him, and to understand Him.  Who of us was expecting such favours as these?

 

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