Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Tuesday of the First Week of Advent

Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552)
International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 52 The Oratory of the Monastery
Mass: Is 11:1-10; Resp Ps 72; Lk 10:21-24

Justice shall flourish in his days, and profound peace, till the moon be no more.

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.

We have asked ourselves this question before yet Advent seems like a good time to question ourselves again: "What does it mean to be childlike?" It may help to look at the face of child and find answers there. I look at pictures on the wall in front of me-of a niece and nephew, a sister and brother, the former busy in heaven while the latter is busy on earth. I see joy, wonder, simplicity, openness, inquisitiveness, acceptance, eagerness bursting out from the boy, a more quiet eagerness from the girl. Neither one of these little ones appears to know it all, they appear to be searching in an unguarded way-with a sense of awe and wonder about them. What beauty. These are the ones who see and hear the Lord who comes to us in myriad ways. This is how "there shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the Lord, as water covers the sea" (Is 11:9). We thank God for the childlike. May we join their ranks.

Today the Church praises smallness. God's works begins by spouting from a seed, from little things. Jesus speaks about this smallness of the Kingdom; the small heart, humble, that is open to the revelation of the Lord.
(Pope Francis, Twitter, from his homily this morning, December 3, 2019)


© Gertrude Feick 2019

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