Posted by: livingscripture | December 1, 2015

First Tuesday of Advent

From the Word of the Day

“I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.  Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.  All things have been handed over to me by my Father.  No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Sons wishes to reveal him.”     

(Luke 10: 21-22)

How should we live this Wordjesus-with-scribes[1]

 In his Gospel today, Luke recounts a prayer of Jesus that is rather rare.  Luke is the evangelist most attentive to show the Lord in prayer; however, he rarely reports the content of the prayer.  It deals with a prayer of exultation of joy and of praise directly to the Father.  This is why the ancient Church Fathers called it the ‘cry of jubilation’.

The Rabbi of Nazareth well knew those who should have recognized the Messiah more easily; the scribes and doctors of the Law who were the wise and learned of His times.  But they did not succeed to recognize Him.  On the contrary, it is the little ones, the poor, and the simple – like His disciples, who understand who He is and follow Him.

Many wise and erudite persons throughout history have tried to meet God or to know Jesus, but in vain, because they have not sought Him along the road that leads to Him, the road of humility and of the cross.  Perhaps we too, are tempted to see Jesus as a strong man, able to overcome and transcend the limitations of His humanity.  Jesus is neither a hero nor a superman.  He is simply a man who reveals God, in humiliation, in littleness, in weakness, in the powerful weakness of God.  This is why the whole strength of Jesus lies in the sweetness and tenderness of His heart, “Learn from me for I am meek and humble of heart” (Mt. 11: 29).

In my pause for silent contemplation, during this Advent journey just begun, I will ponder that Jesus Himself is tracing out the sure path to meet Him at His coming.  It is the path of my littleness and poverty, of my weakness.  I will entrust myself totally to His Grace.

Jesus, come more deeply into my life!

 The Voice of St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

 Let me reach the pure light!  Once I reach there, I will be a man.


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