Meditation for the Day

Friday of the First Week of Advent, December 6

May God Give to Each of Us the Sight to Live Our Faith with Joyful Expectation and an Inspired Hope in Our Celebration of the Birth of the Christ Child, the Light of the World Who Illumines the Path Which Leads to Eternal Salvation!

Today, we hear our psalmist sing out with words of praise and confidence, “The Lord is my light and my salvation.”

Many years ago, I bought a copy of a painting of the Christ Child. In this painting, there was a glowing warmth which seemed to emanate from the Holy Child. At the time, it reminded me of our Lord’s words spoken some two thousand years earlier, and yet, they are words which speak to us today of hope and the expectation that our God is a God who will never abandon or forsake His children, for He is a God of Eternal Love  –

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

As you and I think about the “light of the world”, we are reminded of how Jesus’ Holy Birth lit up the life of each of the Shepherds and the Magi who came to pay Him homage. He came amongst His children so that He would not only become our Light, but more importantly our salvation from a life of darkness and despair.

In our First Reading today, God teaches His children that a day will come when “…the deaf shall hear the words of a book; And out of gloom and darkness, the eyes of the blind shall see. The lowly will ever find joy in the LORD, and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.”

Each and every morning, the sunrise reminds us that the dark of night does not last forever. And when life appears at its darkest – for there are those moments in everyone’s life when our crosses become very real and oftentimes very heavy in this vale of tears through which you and I must travel daily – it is faith and trust that lights the way! It is faith and trust which gives us comfort and consolation in the midst of our trials and tribulations!

As we near the end of this First Week of the Advent season, as we think about the impending Holy Birth of our Lord, we are invited to remember the importance of the Star of Bethlehem leading the Magi to the Christ Child. And so it is with our Star – our guiding Light which illumines the darkness, the “light of the world” – who leads each of us to God, by providing the light and the way to our own personal salvation.

Each and every one of us is in need of guidance and being shown the way to the path which leads to a life of righteousness. And the True Light of our life, who is the Light of all humanity for each and every generation, will remove our deafness and replace it with words of joyful expectation. He will remove our blindness and give us sight to see His Truth and His Love in our lives and in the lives of those around us.

Jesus asks each of us the same question as He did the two blind men in today’s Gospel long ago, “Do you believe that I can do this?”

Advent stands as a witness against those who would argue that God is powerless. Advent stands as a witness that God truly cares about His creation when He took flesh upon Himself so that He would become one of us in all things, except sin.

The Birth of the Christ Child is the True Light of this world in which we live, for His Light is the only light which gives us hope. It is His Birth, and the Light of His Divine Presence among us, which calls each of us to a life of faith and, ultimately, a spirit of discipleship.

For we see, in the fulfillment of God’s promises, the fullness of His Mercy and the power of His Kingdom – and that power is God’s Love – which fills us with an enduring hope, which, in turn, fills us with endless joy!

Jesus asks you and me today, “Do you believe that I can do this?”

May our “yes” give each of us the sight to live our faith with joyful expectation and an inspired hope in our celebration of the Birth of the Eternal Word made flesh, who is not only the King of kings, but the Light of the world who illumines for each one of us the path which leads to our eternal salvation!

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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 is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The LORD is my life’s refuge; of whom should I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1)
  • “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12bc)
  • “On that day the deaf shall hear the words of a scroll; And out of gloom and darkness, the eyes of the blind shall see. The lowly shall again find joy in the LORD, the poorest rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 29:18-19)
  • ‘Do you believe that I can do this?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ they said to him.” (Matthew 9:28bc)
  • “Now this is the message that we have heard from him and proclaim to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all…if we walk in the light as he is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:5, 7)
  • “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth. Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness.” (Ephesians 5:8-11a)
  • “A man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.” (John 1:6-9)

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Prayer for the Day

 “Father in Heaven,

our hearts desire the warmth of Your Love

and our minds are searching for the Light of Your Word.

“Increase our longing for Christ our Savior

and give us the strength to grow in love,

that the dawn of His coming amongst us

may find us rejoicing in His Presence

and welcoming the Light of His Truth.

“We humbly ask this in the Name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.”

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