Intention: That the start of this Advent will herald for us a time of prayer and conversion as we return our hearts and our lives to the work of building God’s Kingdom of peace, justice, and love.
Today’s Gospel | Luke 10:21-24
Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “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. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”
Turning to the disciples in private he said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”
A Reflection for the First Tuesday of Advent
It is one of the peculiarities of human nature that we often equate success with control. We are suspicious of whatever comes from outside of us, of whatever we cannot trace to our own designs and machinations. And so we insist that God can only be where we expect to find him, in places that are for us an appropriate and convenient location. The result is that, in our minds, God is always somehow apart from our world and from our activity. Except that he is not. He surprises us every day, just as he did on that first of his days on earth, by being suddenly and unavoidably in our midst. He does this not to startle or cow us, but simply to remind us of our realities. We are his and he is ours, and his place can only be with us. The time of Advent is a time for reflecting on gift of Emmanuel, of God with us, and that the supreme of all blessings may be that God is present whether or not we want or deserve for him to be.
Prayer for the Day
Eternal Father, we rise every morning but sometimes we remain asleep. Life passes us by and we overlook all of the good that we could have done and all of the fulfillment that we could have known. Light up our eyes and awaken us to your presence before us. Make us come alive to the chances that we have to be one with you in everything that we do and say. May this Advent be for us a time of simplicity and humility, as we prepare our hearts to welcome the coming of your Son. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.