Meditation for the Day

Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent, December 17

As We Mentally and Spiritually Prepare Ourselves for the Celebration of Christ’s Holy Birth Among His Children, May We Always Take to Heart the Fact That God Can Bring Good Out of Every Circumstance in Life.

The words of the Antiphon from today’s Responsorial Psalm speak to us about God’s desire for each one of us, His children – “Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.”

When we read today’s Gospel, it seems out of the ordinary to hear all those strange names, most of which we don’t even recognize. But the Church has a purpose in asking us to listen once every year to the genealogy of Jesus according to the flesh. And that purpose comes clear when we examine the list more closely.

There are kings listed, the wise King Solomon and his father, the hero King David. There is Abraham, the ultimate man of faith and father of the Jewish people. There are people like the holy woman Ruth. But there are also those of disreputable character as well, including adulterers and murderers.

What does all of it mean?  It means that God can bring good out of the worst of circumstances and even the worst and most questionable of human prospects! God can bring life out of what appears to be dead. That is what our Lord wants us to hear and take to heart as we listen to this long genealogy – that Jesus truly is from the line of Judah and the House of David, and that, as the old adage goes, God can definitely “write straight with crooked lines.”

Whether we are facing some incomprehensible event or suffering in our own lives, especially with all that is happening in the world today, or are confronting our own obstinate sins, we need to know and believe that God can turn evil into good, if we truly trust Him and cooperate with His will for us in our daily lives.

Saint Augustine, one of the early Fathers of the Church, once wrote, “For Almighty God…because he is supremely good, would never allow any evil whatsoever to exist in His works if he were not so all-powerful and good as to cause good to emerge from evil itself.”

And our faith reminds us of our Lord’s words spoken some two thousand years ago, and yet, they are words which speak to us today of hope and confidence, in the midst of whatever we may encounter in life – good or bad, “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 what Jesus’ Holy Birth means to both you and me. The celebration of Christmas stands as a witness that God truly cares about His creation when He took our flesh upon Himself – so that He would become one of us in all ways, except sin.

The Eternal Word made flesh came amongst His own children so that He would not only become our Light, but more importantly our salvation from a life of darkness and despair. For it is only His Divine Light which illumines the darkness; it is only His Light which drives away the shadows and despair which envelope the hearts of so many of His children; it is only His Light which frees us from the slavery to sin and death, raising us up to eternal life!

In our First Reading today from the Book of Genesis, we hear how “The scepter shall never depart from Judah, or the mace from between his legs, While tribute is brought to him, and he receives the people’s homage” – a verse which speaks to us today of Messianic prophecy.

And our reading from the genealogy in today’s Gospel teaches us that the prophesied Messiah was born from the tribe of Judah – who was to be a “light to the nations” and the “glory of Israel”.

As you and I arise from bed each and every morning, the sunrise reminds us that the shadows of night do 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 in this valley of tears through which you and I must travel daily – it is faith and trust that lights the way! It is faith and trust in God’s Merciful Love which gives us comfort and consolation in the midst of the many trials and tribulations which we face on this side of eternity!

For it is the season of Advent which becomes that time of the year when we look forward with joyful hope and expectation for the coming of God’s Kingdom to take hold within each one of us. It is Advent which becomes that time of the year during which we reflect upon what is truly important in our lives. And it is Advent which teaches us that our God is a God who will never abandon or forsake His children, for He is a God of Infinite Love.

As we mentally and spiritually prepare ourselves for the celebration of Christ’s Holy Birth amongst His children, may we always take to heart, in both good times and bad, God’s promises to each of us as we travel along life’s journey, always remembering that God can bring good out of every circumstance in life.

For it is only from His promises that each and every one of us is able to realize a true and lasting peace and an enduring hope which only God, Himself, can truly provide!

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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

  • “Justice shall flower in his days, and profound peace, till the moon be no more.” (cf. Psalm 72:7)
  • “Many are the plans of the human heart, but it is the decision of the LORD that endures.” (Proverbs 19:21)
  • “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12bcd)
  • “It is too little, he says, for you to be my servant…I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” (Isaiah 46:6)
  • For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.” (Luke 2:30-32)
  • “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the church.” (Colossians 1:24)
  • “For just as through the disobedience of one person the many were made sinners, so through the obedience of one the many will be made righteous…where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through justification for eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 5:19, 20b-21)
  • “We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
  • May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.(2 Thessalonians 3:16a)
  • “Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

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Prayer for the Day

“O will of the Omnipotent God,

You are my delight, You are my joy.

Whatever the hand of my Lord holds out to me

I will accept with gladness, submission and love.

“Your holy will is my repose;

In it is contained all my sanctity,

And all my eternal salvation,

For doing God’s will is the greatest glory…

“Do with me as You will, Lord.

I place no obstacles, I make no reservations.

For You are my whole delight and the love of my soul,

And to You, in turn, I pour out the confidences of my heart.”

Saint Faustina (Diary, 1004)

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