Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Wednesday of the First Week of Advent

Saint John Damascene (676-749)

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 53: The Reception of Guests
Mass: Is 25:6-10a; Resp Ps 23; Mt 15:29-37

The Lord guides me in right paths for His name's sake.

The crowds were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the deformed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind able to see, and they glorified the God of Israel.

It seems no wonder that the crowds were amazed. As I think we might be too. May we have in our hearts and on our lips today: "Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us! This is the Lord for whom we looked; let us rejoice and be glad that he has saved us!" (Is 25:9). And let us call on Him to heal us and all our loved ones in need of healing. 

Sometimes, in the midst of the busy satisfactions of everyday life, we might be tempted to wonder whether or not we really want Christ to come and transform the world as we know it. Then we remember the harsh realities of sickness, hunger, suffering, and death. Who does not long then for he everlasting riches of God's house, given to us through the mercy of Christ our Shepherd and Savior? 
(Magnificat, Prayer for the Morning, December 4, 2019)

Your salvation shall soon come; why should you be consumed with grief? The time is truly short, though it may well seem very long to any of us who are in turmoil, whether from labor or from love.
(Guerric of Igny)


© Gertrude Feick 2019

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