Meditation for the Day

Monday of the Second Week of Advent, December 7

May God Open Our Eyes and Heal Our Blindness; and May the God of All Mercies, Who Gave Us His Only Son, Also Mend Our Broken Souls in a Broken World, So That the Paralysis of Sin May No Longer Cripple Us.

In the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, we hear God speaking to us in our first Reading, “A highway will be there, called the holy way…It is for those with a journey to make, and on it the redeemed will walk.”

I am sure that many of us who are reading this mediation can attest to the fact that there have been times or moments in our lives when it seems as though we have lost our way on this spiritual pilgrimage through life and our walk of faith which you and I are traveling.

Feeling lost, feeling unsure of ourselves can, at times, feel overwhelming – especially in a culture which is, as we know only too well, oftentimes ego driven and success oriented. Feeling the pressures of life’s responsibilities, feeling the stresses which life oftentimes brings to bear on us can, for some people, become overpowering, if not downright debilitating.

It is at moments like these when we need to take a step backwards and ask ourselves, “What drives my life? Is it feeling successful? Is it feeling that I am in control of my life and the master of my own destiny?”

For those who answer “yes” to these questions, then theirs becomes a life of unfulfilled and unrealized dreams and unhappy endings – for none of us is ever truly in control; none of us is ever the true master of our own destiny. For such thinking is utter folly and lacking in wisdom!

And yet, there are many of our brothers and sisters who have been sadly seduced by the materialistic gods which our society of secularism creates. And, sadly, they come to actually believe that they are in control.

And this seduction, over time, can eat away at the very peace, tranquility and joy which our minds and our souls so deeply crave – a peace and a joy which can only come from realizing that God is our only True Master, that God is the only One who has ever been, is now, and will always be truly in control.

From the moment that Adam and Eve fell and lost their way in their relationship with God, God promised at that very moment that He would help us in repairing that broken relationship, for it was not God’s will that His children should wander aimlessly through life, trying to find their way in the midst of the many trails and misfortunes which would beset His creation.

And we hear, in our First Reading today, words of comfort and hope from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, “Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God, he comes with vindication; With divine recompense he comes to save you. Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared; Then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the mute will sing.”

Just as the Jewish people did millennia ago, each one of us, even today, also looks to the future with hope – a hope that is enduring, a hope that refreshes the soul and gives it peace. In the Book of Isaiah, we read, “A highway will be there, called the holy way; No one unclean may pass over it, nor fools go astray on it.”

And that “holy way”, the highway along which you and I travel in our journey of faith, and which provides us with hope during this season of Advent – is Jesus Christ!

For it is only in Christ in whom we find our abiding joy and our lasting peace. It is only in Christ in whom we are rescued from being lost on the path which leads to a world filled with false pleasures and the hidden shadows of spiritual darkness.

Today’s Gospel continues this theme of faith and rescue in the story of Jesus healing the paralytic. The paralytic represents any one of us in our particular journey to be healed from all that would cripple you or me spiritually.

And Jesus saw into the heart of the paralytic, just as He sees into each one of us. As the paralytic was laid before Jesus hoping to be healed, our hearts and our souls are also laid bare before the eyes of our Savior, who wishes to take each of us by the hand and say, “Your sins are forgiven…Rise and walk.”

During this season of a heightened sense of hope and joyful expectation, as we await the coming of our Savior, may God open our eyes and heal our blindness. May the Eternal Father of all Mercies, who gave us His only Son, also mend our broken souls in a broken world, so that the paralysis of sin may no longer cripple us.

And may today be the day in which we begin to renew our friendship and our intimate relationship with the God who loves each and every one of us beyond all manner of human description and understanding.

For Jesus truly is our Eternal Hope! He truly is a Most Merciful God and our Divine Physician who makes us whole!

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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

  • “A highway will be there, called the holy way; No one unclean may pass over it, but it will be for his people; no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray on it…there the redeemed shall walk.” (Isaiah 35:8, 9b)
  • ‘But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins’ – [Jesus] said to the one who was paralyzed, ‘I say to you, rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.’ He stood up immediately before them, picked up what he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying God.” (Luke 5:24-25)
  • “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, ‘Abba, Father!’” (Romans 8:14-15)
  • “Do not reprove me in your anger, LORD, nor punish me in your wrath. Have pity on me, LORD, for I am weak; heal me, LORD, for my bones are shuddering.” (Psalm 6:2-3)
  • “Bless the LORD, my soul; all my being, bless his holy name! Bless the LORD, my soul; and do not forget all his gifts, who pardons all your sins, and heals all your ills, who redeems your life from the pit, and crowns you with mercy and compassion.” (Psalm 103:1b-4)
  • “Turn away your face from my sins; blot out all my iniquities. A clean heart create for me, God; renew within me a steadfast spirit…Lord, you will open my lips; and my mouth will proclaim your praise.” (Psalm 51:11-12, 17)

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Prayer for the Day

“O gentle and Most Loving Jesus,
With faith in Your healing power
And confidence in Your merciful compassion,
I ask You to heal my suffering spirit.
May my soul find rest in Your consoling Love
And relief from sorrow and anguish.

“Relying on Your Love,
And trusting in Your compassionate Mercy always,
I especially ask for Your forgiveness
Releasing me from any enslavement to sin,
Freeing me from the burden of guilt and spiritual bondage
Which holds me captive and separates me from You.

“May my love for You and my faith in Your promises
Guide me along the path which leads to spiritual cleansing,
So that my soul may always be beautiful in Your sight.
I place my trust in Your power to heal my spirit,
So that I may joyfully praise the glory of Your Most Holy Name
For ever and ever. Amen.”

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