Meditation for the Day

Wednesday of the First Week of Advent, December 4

God Truly is Our Shepherd, and It Is the Voice of Jesus, the Eternal Word Made Flesh, Which We Follow in the Faith We Profess. It Is His Voice in Which We Feel Safe, in Which We Take Our Comfort and Consolation.

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want” – words of confidence in the God who cares for and shepherds His children, words which we find in today’s Responsorial Psalm. They speak to us of trust, not succumbing to the fears and anxieties which oftentimes seem to surround God’s children of every generation.

As we begin to prepare ourselves for the Advent of Christ’s birth, we see, within this wondrous event, the hand of God reaching out to His children, gazing upon us with both Infinite Love and also a Father’s tender care, for we were then, and still are today, a people trying to find our way in a world given over to darkness.

For those of God’s children who are struggling today, there are many who are trying to find their way in a culture which has forgotten the importance of the true meaning of the spirit of Christmas, which teaches us the true value of selfless love. And when we focus on our Scripture Readings for today, we cannot help but see that our God is a God who longs to feed His children with His Love.

From the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, we read today, “…the LORD of hosts will provide for all peoples…he will destroy the veil that veils all peoples…he will destroy death forever. The Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces; the reproach of his people he will remove…”

And when Jesus came and reached out to those who followed Him, for those whose hearts where opened to all that he taught, He did not rebuke them for their sinfulness or their human weaknesses. Rather, He embraced them, healed them and forgave them. He fed them not only with loaves and fishes; He fed them with His Infinite Love – the Eternal Love of God Himself!

And He feeds and nourishes us today in the same way. He feeds us with His Word; He nourishes us with His Love through the Sacraments of the Church – for He constantly reaches out to lift us up and bring us to Himself, so that we may be one with Him, so that our relationship with Him may be one of intimacy and holiness.

That is why we take great comfort in the words of our psalmist today, words from the Twenty-third Psalm, which speak of confidence, words which speak of trust in this God who loves each one of us and cares for us as a Loving Father does for His children.

God truly is our Shepherd, and it is the voice of Jesus, the Eternal Word made flesh, which we follow in the faith we profess. It is His voice in which we feel safe; it is His voice in which we take our comfort and consolation, knowing that He will never abandon us, knowing that He will always stand by our side, protecting us from the evils of this world.

“He guides me in right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side, with your rod and your staff that give me courage.”

Sadly, in this culture in which you and I live today, and in many countries throughout the world, there are many who do not hear His voice. There are many who choose to turn aside from His words which give life, for they fail to recognize the safe harbor which He offers to each of His children. Such existence for those who have freely chosen to wander through life in spiritual darkness is a life filled with empty promises and restless days and nights – days and nights which are void of any true and lasting peace.

But for those of God’s children whose hearts are open, for those of us whose ears are open and choose to follow the voice of the Good Shepherd – then ours is a life filled with joy and serenity, even in the midst of darkness. Ours is a life filled with hope, even in the midst of illness and death. For ours is a faith which rejects despair; ours is a faith which gives life; ours is a faith which fills the mind and the heart and the soul with an everlasting peace – all from the wondrous and merciful grace of God.

“You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life; And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”

May this season of Advent become a time in which God’s children, wherever we may find ourselves, recognize and always take comfort in the gift of God’s Love in our lives, and may each of us imitate the selfless nature of His Love in all that we say and in all that we do for one another.

For Advent is truly the season of joyful expectation and enduring hope!

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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

  • “…the LORD of hosts will provide for all peoples…he will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, the web that is woven over all nations…he will destroy death forever. The Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces; The reproach of his people he will remove…” (Isaiah 25:6a, 7-8c)
  • “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!” (Isaiah 25:9bcd)
  • “God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress. Thus we do not fear, though earth be shaken and mountains quake to the depths of the sea, Though its waters rage and foam and mountains totter at its surging. The LORD of hosts is with us; our stronghold is the God of Jacob.” (Psalm 46:2-4)
  • “Cast your care upon the LORD, who will give you support. God will never allow the righteous to stumble.” (Psalm 55:23)
  • “At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36)
  • “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
  • “For the Lamb who is in the center of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of life-giving water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:17)

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Prayer for the Day

“The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want;

he makes me lie down in green pastures.

He leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul.

He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I fear no evil; for thou art with me;

thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

thou anointest my head with oil, my cup overflows.

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;

and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”

  – Twenty-third Psalm (Psalm of the Good Shepherd)

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