Intention: That all people will embrace the story of the birth of the Christ Child as a call to increase our attention to the needs of children throughout the world.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 18:12-14
Jesus said to his disciples: “What is your opinion? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray? And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray. In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.”
Reflection for the Second Tuesday of Advent
Throughout history, every age has seen its share of progress, of steps forward in our gaining knowledge of the workings of life. However, we also have learned that while knowledge alone may make us smarter, it does not necessarily make us wiser. With all that we know about making our lives work, we can often fail to recognize God’s grace at work. And so, a challenge for us is to understand how the nuts and bolts of daily living connect us to the fullness of God. Dallas Willard once wrote, “Sometimes we get caught up in trying to glorify God by praising what He can do and we lose sight of the practical point of what He actually does do.” It may be that what we identify as our need for salvation is actually our refusal to accept what we are unconditionally and constantly being given by God. The time of Advent is a time to abandon all that hardens our hearts and stifles our spirits, and to allow ourselves to be found and gathered in by a caring God.
Eternal Father, your grace has been from age to age. In the birth of your Son, you blessed us with the fullness of your presence. As we prepare in this Advent to celebrate his coming, may we continue to hear and receive your good news each day. Help us to learn to know the sound of your voice as you tell us how to build your Kingdom. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.