December 24, 2018

//December 24, 2018

December 24, 2018

Fourth Monday of Advent | Christmas Eve

Intention: On the eve of the birth of our Savior, we pray that we will make of our hearts a worthy place to receive him and of our lives a worthy voice to proclaim him.

Today’s Gospel | Luke 1:67-79

Zechariah his father, filled with the Holy Spirit, prophesied, saying:

“Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; for he has come to his people and set them free.  He has raised up for us a mighty Savior, born of the house of his servant David.  Through his prophets he promised of old that he would save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us.  He promised to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant.  This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to set us free from the hand of our enemies, free to worship him without fear, holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.  You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way, to give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins.  In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

A Reflection for the Fourth Monday of Advent

On the eve of our Lord’s birth, the people of Israel were anxious.  They were living in hard times, contending daily with insecurity, deprivation, and oppression.  In their struggles, they looked to their scriptures and to God’s promise of deliverance.  And they were greeted with the sight of a single star, and the good news that a door had been opened to their salvation.  It is an ancient story, but its significance is not limited to the past.  Modern life also is blighted by poverty, violence, corruption, prejudice, and indifference.  With all that we have learned and accomplished, there are still people who are forced to exist in a cold and cruel world, without sustenance, without dignity, without fulfillment.  The gift of that first Christmas Eve sadly remains in many ways unopened, while we continue on, ungrateful and ensconced in a culture of lifelessness.  For this bleakness and emptiness to be filled, we must embrace the redemption that came to dwell among us.  For ignorance and injustice to be ended, we must open our hearts and mend our ways.  For there to be liberation and peace for all, we must repudiate the power of domination and embrace the strength of compassion.  Nothing will change unless we change.  Jesus came that we might have life and life to the full.  The time of Advent is a time for us to accept that now is the time for our rebirth.

Prayer

Eternal Father, your love is everlasting. You are our God and we are your people for all eternity. As we ready ourselves to welcome your Perfect Presence in the coming of your Son, may we prepare a place for him in our hearts.  Take away our smallness and our fears, and rekindle in us the fire of our faith.  Make us ready to receive the gift of our salvation as he seeks to dwell with us and fill us with the light of newborn peace, hope, and love.  We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.  Amen.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.

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