Posted by: livingscripture | December 19, 2015

Third Saturday of Advent

From the Word of the Day

“You will conceive and bear a son.  Now, then, be careful to take no wine or strong drink and to eat nothing unclean…this boy is to be consecrated to God from the womb, until the day of his death.”     

(Book of Judges 13: 7)

How should we live this Wordimage047- creation

 This is the communication that an angel of the Lord makes to the mother of Samson, famous for his strength that he will use in the name of God for the liberation of Israel, His people.  This woman had suffered a lot because of her sterility.  It is easy to imagine the joy she felt in hearing these words.  Note two things in particular:  the angel speaks to a poor woman humiliated by her sterility; she is weakness personified.  Is it not true that to save humanity, God always uses human instruments that are quite incapable by themselves to accomplish great things?

In God’s name, the angel also tells the woman that the son to be born will be a man especially consecrated to God from the womb.  As she awaits his birth, she is to do the penance of abstaining from alcoholic beverages and the flesh of pigs, which was deemed impure by the people.  The woman obeys and the Lord blesses Samson whose strength, aimed at the good, was very precious to the people.

God gives each of us good things, good opportunities.  We need to learn to recognize them always, to praise Him and live contented.  And if God asks of us something that costs, it is not to demand a price for what He gives us with great gratuity.  It is rather, to train us for a life that in order to make what He gives us fruitful needs to be fortified by the denial of what is superfluous, futile, and sometimes even harmful.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will thank God for all the gifts He has given me and ask Him to help me collaborate with Him in making them fruitful.

Lord, make me capable of understanding in the light of faith, how useful and good for me is all that You permit in my life.

 The Voice of St. Gregory the Great

 The human heart is made to love.  If it does not love God, it will love the world badly.

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