Meditation for the Day

Monday of the First Week of Advent, December 2

May We Reflect Upon the Invitation Which God Extends to Each and Every One of Us, an Invitation Wherein We Shall Truly Realize the Eternal Homeland Which He Has Prepared for You and Me.

“For over all, the LORD’s glory will be shelter and protection…” – words which find in the Book of the Prophet Isaiah today, words which speak of God’s glorious presence amongst His children, a Divine Presence brought to fulfillment which we celebrate as we begin this Advent season.

And as we gaze upon the wonder which is God, and upon His Eternal Kingdom which awaits His faithful children, our psalmist today leads us in a song of praise, rejoicing in God’s Presence among His children – a Presence which enables us to feel His loving protection and experience His everlasting peace as only He can give, a Presence which invites us to dwell with Him and He with us for all eternity, a Presence in which we, as His children, are nourished and fed with Infinite Love by a Father who is filled with Mercy and tenderness for all those who freely embrace His will.

And our Responsorial Antiphon expresses that which lies in the hearts of grateful children throughout the world for a loving and caring God, “Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.”

God’s first invitation to most of us who are reading this meditation was at a time when we were infants, when we were introduced to our faith through loving parents and godparents at the moment of our Baptism. And it is in this Sacrament in which we truly became citizens of Heaven and co-heirs with Christ, for it was by the waters which purified us which began us on a journey – a journey of the heart and soul in which we would become, step by step, conformed more and more to Christ Jesus, Himself.

And during this process which does not end until God calls us from our pilgrimage through life, His Spirit constantly guides us, enlightening our minds and molding our hearts, so that we will become a holy people, a people whom God calls His own, so that one day our journey will end where all things once began – a place which we call our true homeland, Heaven, a place wherein God Himself dwells.

Today, you and I are the descendants of our Jewish and Gentile forebearers, who came to know Christ and His disciples firsthand. And we are the beneficiaries of the Christian faith which has developed over the millennia and its blessings which we enjoy today. For if we act in accordance with what God asks of us, then ours shall be an eternity unlike anything the human mind could possibly ever imagine!

If we act in accordance with what God asks of us, then we truly shall become like those about whom our Lord spoke in today’s Gospel, “I say to you, many will come from the east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven.”

Today, during this time of Advent, as we prepare for the dwelling of God amongst His children in a very real and concrete way, as we reflect upon God’s abiding Love for you and me as He became one like us in all things but sin, may we also reflect upon the invitation which God extends to each and every one of us – an invitation which speaks of an eternity of peace and endless joy, an invitation which speaks of an eternity of infinite and everlasting Love!

For it is God’s invitation to each one of us wherein we shall truly realize the eternal homeland which He has prepared for you and me.

May the words of today’s Antiphon become our own, as we sing out with heartfelt love and joy, “Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord”!

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Please Comment, Like and Share, and Suggest to your Facebook friends – to spread the message of God’s Merciful Love.

Por favor Comente, Le Gusta y Comparta, y Sugiera a tus amigos en Facebook – en difundir el mensaje del Misericordioso Amor de Dios.

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Scripture for the Day

  • “Many peoples shall come and say: ‘Come, let us go up to the LORD’s mountain, to the house of the God of Jacob, That he may instruct us in his ways, and we may walk in his paths.’” (Isaiah 2:3)
  • “For over all, the LORD’s glory will be shelter and protection…” (Isaiah 4:6a)
  • “I say to you, many will come from the east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 8:11)
  • “Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
  • “…LORD, you are our father; we are the clay and you our potter: we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:7)
  • “Teach me, LORD, your way that I may walk in your truth.” (Psalm 86:11a)
  • “May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones, and what is the surpassing greatness of his power for us who believe, in accord with the exercise of his great might.” (Ephesians 1:18-19)
  • “So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God.” (Ephesians 2:19)
  • “I rejoiced when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the LORD.’” (Psalm 122:1bc)

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Prayer for the Day

“Eternal Father in Heaven,

when Your strength takes possession of us

we no longer say, ‘Why are you cast down, my soul?’

Let us feel the healing calm of Your forgiveness

as You nourish us with Your Loving Presence.

“Inspire us to yearn for You always,

like the deer that longs for running streams of fresh water,

until You satisfy our every longing in Heaven.

For it is only there that my thirst shall truly be quenched;

It is only there that my every desire shall truly be realized.”

cf. Psalm-prayer (Roman Breviary)

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