WORD of the DAY
“Do you believe that I can do this?”
“Yes, Lord,” they said to him.
Then he touched their eyes and said,
“Let it be done for you according to your faith.”
(Matthew 9: 27-31)
Faith! Jesus looks for our faith, for us to BELIEVE that He can do ‘this’, whatever this is that we are in need of. All too often, however, what we think we need is not what we really need. Faith would add, ‘if You will it!’ Then our will coincides with God’s and that is when great things can happen as it did to Mary, to Joseph, to Jesus Himself who was always one with His Father’s will.
Faith expresses trust, unlimited trust in God, in God’s constant love for each of us. Faith expresses love that wishes to please the Beloved. Faith expresses humble dependence and who better to depend on than God.
Perhaps our faith has become a bit dusty. Advent is a wonderful time to dust off our faith and make it all shiny and new as we await the Birthday of Jesus. How can we do this? By spending more time with the Lord, conversing with Him, sharing our daily life with Him; receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation; attending Mass during the week; reading the Gospels; helping those in need for love of Him; and doing all our happy Christmas preparations in His company. Ask our Mother Mary and she will tell you how.
On this First Friday of Advent, I want to enter more deeply into Your Love, dear Jesus. Help me to be mindful of Your constant Presence during my day.
The voice of Servant of God Catherine de Hueck Doherty,
Founder of Madonna House
We must keep the flame alight, so that it burns through the layers of whatever we have put on top of it…if we can burn away each layer that we have put on through the years, then we will be filled with joy. We will become full of gladness, knowing that a great gift is about to be given to us.