Posted by: livingscripture | December 9, 2018

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

December 9, 2018

SECOND SUNDAY of ADVENT

 WORD of the DAY 

 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea,  and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas,  the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert.  He went throughout [the] whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah:  “A voice of one crying out in the desert: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths’.    (Luke 3: 1-4)

 

How shall I live this Word?

Advent has begun, a privileged period to once again undertake a conscious journey towards the Lord. The figure of John the Baptist, which we contemplate in this liturgy, reminds us how faith begins by listening (Rom 10,17) and how listening depends on someone who makes oneself the ‘voice’ of this ‘word’ that our heart awaits. We are asked to have the great humility to accept that someone is different from us – different from our ego that would always prevail and win – to pronounce an authoritative word to listen to. Each of us will have (or will have had) our John to the extent that we discovered our own limitations, recognizing that we are in need of putting our life in the hands of one whom we trust. We are invited to act as a child that learns to speak not because of being taught the rudiments of grammar, but because of perceiving a sound that is recognized as a ‘voice’, and succeeding in giving it meaning, makes it a ‘word’.  Let us accept therefore that along the ridges of history, of our history, the Lord traces His path, and that our daily road also becomes the history of salvation for us!

 With profound humility and trust, I let the Lord take the reins of my life. I will not resist: every encounter, every episode, every event will no longer be the fruit of chance, but will retain the flavor of a word that He will speak over me and will be the sign of a familiarity with Him that will always grow.

 The Voice of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Pastor

 There only  remains, when one cannot listen, spiritual chatter, fraternal condescension that suffocates with so many beautiful pious words. Those who cannot listen at length and patiently, will speak without really touching the fibers of the other and those who believe that their time is too precious to be lost in listening, will never have time either for God or for others, always and only for self, always for their plans.

 

 

 


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