Meditation for the Day

Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent, December 10

May Each of Us Use This Season as an Opportunity to Reflect upon God’s Love for Both You and Me, Opening Our Hearts to the Intimacy with Which He Wishes to Embrace Each of Us.

We hear our Lord saying to us in today’s Gospel, “…it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.”

Ever since the temptation in the Garden of Eden and the fall of Adam and Eve, men and women of every generation have been struggling to know God better and to love Him more. And, throughout the millennia since the days of our first parents, this struggle has been a process fraught with repeated failures, especially when man has sought out His Creator on his own terms, especially when attempting to remake God in man’s image.

And this process of remaking God’s Image is as old as man himself. For we find within our human frailty a proclivity, a predisposition towards pridefulness, in which we place our self-esteem and our self-ego above that of our neighbor – all the while failing to recognize the will of God inviting mankind to embrace the virtues of meekness and humility in our daily lives.

And it is this failure which has caused men and women of every generation to struggle in their relationship with God. It is this failure which has caused some of the worst human disasters in the history of mankind. We only need to look at all the wars and conflicts which have plagued God’s creation since the time Cain killed Abel due to resentment and jealousy.

But no matter how far mankind distanced himself from his Creator, God would persistently reach out to His children, patiently and earnestly inviting them back into His embrace. Sacred Scripture, the Holy Bible, is filled with such stories of God’s Love and His repeated invitations, and mankind’s frequent disobedience – and, at times, the consequences for their disobedience!

Both Advent and Lent are seasons which allow us the opportunity of looking within ourselves and reflecting upon our relationship with God. They are seasons which provide us with a deepening awareness of who this God truly is whom we worship and to whom we pay homage, for we are reminded of the indescribable depth with which God loves each and every one of us, His children.

In our First Reading today from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, the prophet reminds us of this God who has never left us, no matter how many times we have left Him; that He is a God who is Ever-Faithful, even in the midst of our reoccurring faithlessness –

“Here is your God! Here comes with power the Lord GOD, who rules by his strong arm; here is his reward with him, his recompense before him. Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs, carrying them in his bosom, and leading the ewes with care.”

Even our Lord, in today’s Gospel, is teaching His disciples, and each of us as well, that our God does not wish to lose anyone to the realm of Hell and eternal torment. Rather, He will go out of His way to bring back those who are lost, those who, through their own arrogance and prideful disobedience, are traveling a path which leads them further and further away from God’s Love –

“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.”

It is for this reason that Advent reminds us of why God’s Son came to us. God, in the Second Person of the Most Holy and Blessed Trinity, became one of us, leaving the awesome glory of His Eternal Throne, so that He could walk amongst us – teaching us and guiding us with His words of Truth and Love, gently inviting us back into His embrace, as the Eternal Shepherd seeking out that which had gone astray and became lost.

May each one of us use this season as an opportunity to reflect upon God’s Love for both you and me, opening our hearts to the intimacy with which He wishes to embrace us and keep us safe from the evils of this world.

And may we truly grow in our love for Him, fostering our relationship with a God who became one like us in all things but sin, so that, with the help of His grace and with a truly opened and humble heart, we may inherit eternal life and remain in His Love forever.

For the selfless giving of love for one another is what the Christmas season is truly all about!

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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

  • “In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.” (Matthew 18:14)
  • “I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.” (Luke 15:7)
  • “I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” (Matthew 9:13b)
  • “Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs, Carrying them in his bosom, leading the ewes with care.” (Isaiah 40:11)
  • “In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:10)
  • “We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.(1 John 4:16)
  • “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has similarly been tested in every way, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)
  • “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to ransom those under the law, so that we might receive adoption. As proof that you are children, God sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father!’ So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.” (Galatians 4:4-7)

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Prayer for the Day

“I love You, O my God,

and my only desire is to love You

until the last breath of my life.

“I love You, O my infinitely lovable God,

and I would rather die loving You,

than live without loving You.

“I love You, Lord

and the only grace I ask is to love You eternally…

“My God,

if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You,

I want my heart to repeat it to You as often as I draw breath.”

Saint John Marie Vianney (Holy Curé of Ars)

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