Meditation for the Day

Thursday of the Third Week of Advent, December 19

May the Holy Christ Child Guide Us Each Day of Our Lives to Love Others Selflessly, Thereby Helping to Eliminate the Despair and the Barrenness That Others May Feel, Giving Them Hope As God Gives to Us.

From our Responsorial Psalm, we hear words of praise and tribute given to God, “For you are my hope, O LORD; my trust, O God, from my youth. On you I depend from birth; from my mother’s womb you are my strength.”

And I am sure they are words which also spoke of the wonder which filled the hearts of both the wife of Manoah and Elizabeth, the wife of Zechariah, whom we find in today’s Readings.

Both holy women were barren, and both were given the gift of carrying new life in their wombs – but not just any life. For we read today that Samson, was to be “consecrated to God from the womb”, who would “begin the deliverance of Israel from the power of the Philistines.”

Elizabeth’s son, John, was to be consecrated in her womb by the Holy Spirit, and he was destined to “turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God…in the spirit and power of Elijah…”

As we continue to prepare spiritually for the Holy Birth of the promised Messiah, what is it that compels us to look at the wife of Manoah and Elizabeth in today’s Scriptures? Could it be that their barrenness speaks to us of our own unfulfilled desires or yearnings in this life – those prayers which we feel have gone unanswered?

Not unlike both of them, each one of us is also on a unique journey laid out just for us. Each of our journeys is different, but each is also special. However, no matter from where our individual paths may originate, prayerfully they will all end up at the same destination – in God’s eternal embrace!

What helps strengthen us on these various journeys, which you and I travel, is the love which fills our very being – for those whom we hold dear to our hearts, and the love which they return to us – and also our faith in the God and love for the One who created us and loves us beyond all measure of human understanding.

It is His very Presence in our hearts and souls which strengthens us during the barrenness which we sometimes face in our lifetime. And it is this faith which we carry within us which gives us hope, especially when we find ourselves, at times, filled with sadness in this vale of tears through which you and I must travel.

And it is this hope about which our psalmist sings in today’s Readings, “For you are my hope, O LORD; my trust, O God, from my youth.”

In the fullness of time, God sent to the world the fulfillment of all that was prophesied in the Old Testament Scriptures. He sent to the world a Savior who would rekindle our hopes in God’s consoling Love for His children.

The Eternal Father sent to the world the Redeemer, His own Son, who would teach us of God’s profound and indescribable Love which He holds for each one of us – a Love which is freely offered and freely given. And Jesus teaches us that we are to love God in return with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our strength; and that we are to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.

Giving love is that profound act which fills us with joy. And in this joy, we offer hope to others. And is this not what the true spirit of Christmas is all about?

May the Holy Christ Child guide us, both you and me, in our daily pilgrimage through life, to love others selflessly; for, in doing so, we help to eliminate the despair and the barrenness that others may feel, giving them hope as God gives to each one of us.

In this way, we truly imitate the Love of God in our daily lives!


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.


Scripture for the Day


Prayer for the Day

“Jesus, Loving Companion of Your children,

You have extended Your friendship to all.

You opened Your arms without discrimination,

offering Your warmth and hope to those seeking comfort.

“Endow me with the virtue of such a friendship,

to know, love and trust all on an equal basis;

To share my friendship without prejudice,

and to be charitable towards those who are less fortunate.

“Fashion my heart to reflect Your qualities,

those befitting a loving and caring spirit.

Jesus, You showed me the way to true friendship;

Help me to be more like You in the world around me. Amen.”


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