Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Saint John Damascene, Doctor of the Church (7th-8th century)

Tuesday of the First Week of Advent

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 53:1-15 The Reception of Guests
Mass: Is 11:1-10; Resp Ps 72; Lk 10:21-24

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.

Good morning 😊

First, a question from Ruth Burrows to go with Jesus' words under today's photo: 'I wonder whether we take seriously enough the stress that Jesus puts on being a child in order to receive what God has to give?' 

Second, in today's reading from the Holy Rule, St Benedicts instructs us on how we are to receive guests. A verse both significant and appropriate for Advent is the first: All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ. May we welcome Christ who comes in each and every person we encounter today. May we 'honor everyone' (RB 53:2) without exception.


O hope of all peoples, everyone who waits for you shall not be disappointed.
(Guerric of Igny)

You have no need, O human to cross the sea or pierce the clouds or go across the Alps. You are not asked to take a lengthy road; go only to yourself, and you will find you God. The Word is near to you, in your mouth and in your heart.
(Bernard of Clairvaux)

This Advent make yourself small, make yourself humble, make yourself a servant of others, and the Lord will give you the ability to understand how to make peace.
(Pope Francis, Twitter, December 4, 2018)


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