Meditation for the Day

Monday of the Third Week of Advent, December 14

Let Us Humbly Reach Out to Our God Imploring Him to Teach Us His Ways, As We Prepare for His Holy Birth.

During this time of the year when the stores are filled with shoppers, and the traffic in the evening rush hour seems heavier than usual, it is understandable when patience is tried to its limits and the Christmas spirit can seem in short supply at times.

And yet, the antiphon from today’s Responsorial is the linchpin to the very life of faith which you and I profess and should be living each day – “Teach me your ways, O Lord.”

In the midst of all the ‘hustle and bustle’ many experience during the holiday season, in the midst of all the preparations that go into decorating our homes and preparing the holiday meals, and all the other planning that take place during this time of the year, I am sure that we have all heard the expression, “Lord, please give me the strength to get through this day!”

It is easy for some people to get so completely caught up in the materialism of the season, that they forget what Christmas is truly all about. It is supposed to be a season of joy. It is supposed to be a season of peace and love and good will towards others. It is supposed to be a season where each of is asked to open our eyes, our ears and our hearts to the awesome wonder of God’s Love and His Living Presence among us.

Even Balaam, who was a prophet and a soothsayer from the region of the Euphrates River in our Old Testament Reading today from the Book of Numbers, learned to listen to the voice of God, and gave prophecy to the blessing that would be forever Israel’s:

“I see him, though not now; I behold him, though not near: A star shall advance from Jacob, and a staff shall rise from Israel.”

And this star that was to “advance from Jacob” was to be the Christ, whose “staff” would rule the hearts of not only Israel, but the entire world.

“Teach me your ways, O Lord.”

Even with Christ standing in their midst, even with the Most Holy Redeemer of all mankind gazing upon them, not even the chief priests and the elders of the Jewish people were able to recognize the Eternal Word standing in front of them. They were so caught up in their own selfish interests and ego-centric thinking and self-pride that their hearts were sadly closed to Eternal Love, Himself.

In this season of Advent, which is a season of hope and expectation, we are each asked to take a step backwards from the busyness of all that is happening around us. We are each asked to take a deep breath and live in the moment.

For it is in each moment of our lives that God wishes to teach us His ways. It is in each moment that God wishes to give us His Peace and His Love. And it is in each moment that God wishes to fill us with the fullness of joy realizing that He is always with us, not just in the manger some two thousand years ago, but in each breath we take and in every beat of our hearts.

As you and I spiritually prepare for the birth of our Savior, let us humbly reach out to our God asking Him to walk with us in our journey of faith, beseeching Him with the words, “Teach me your ways, O Lord. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my savior.”

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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

  • “I see him, though not now; I behold him, though not near: A star shall advance from Jacob, and a staff shall rise from Israel.” (Numbers 24:17abcd)
  • “Teach me your ways, O Lord. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my savior.” (Psalm 25:4-5ab)
  • “I lie prostrate in the dust; give me life in accord with your word. I disclosed my ways and you answered me; teach me your laws. Make me understand the way of your precepts; I will ponder your wondrous deeds.” (Psalm 119:25-27)
  • “Can any of you by worrying add a moment to your lifespan? If even the smallest things are beyond your control, why are you anxious about the rest?” (Luke 12:25-26)
  • “…let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:15-16)
  • “Rather, living the truth in love, we should grow in every way into him who is the head, Christ.” (Ephesians 4:15)
  • “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18)

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Prayer for the Day

“Lord, forgive us when we forget You
and, out of fear and lack of faith,
we fail to truly live our lives
embracing all that You have taught us.

“Forgive us for failing to truly trust in the
indescribable and profound Love
which You have for each of us, Your children.

“Teach us to let go of all that inhibits us,
so that we may begin to truly live
our relationship of love with You.
For it is in You, and You alone,
where we find our greatest joy and fulfillment. Amen.”

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