for Sunday, November 30, 2014
Come, Lord Jesus! This is the cry of the Church throughout all of Advent.
This cry must come from the depths of our hearts. Our hearts must be
formed by the words that God has given us through His holy Scriptures.
Little by little our hearts become aware of the Lord and seek the Lord.
Where else can we seek Him except in the living Word that He has given us
in Jesus Christ? Where else except in the words give to us in the
The Prophet Isaiah speaks to us on this First Sunday of Advent: Oh, that
you would rend the heavens and come down! And then he adds: O Lord, you
are our father; we are the clay and you the potter: we are all the work of
your hands. We could spend all of Advent with these words in our hearts.
Come, O Lord. We are the clay and you are the potter. Form us in your
image because by ourselves we can do nothing. Without You, we are
The First Letter to the Corinthians then tells us: God is faithful, and by
him you were called to fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. It
is this faithfulness of the Lord that truly allows us to be and to grow and
to seek the Lord. We try so many other things, we look for so many other
things, we seek so much that is not God - and yet in the midst of it all, our
hearts are seeking that which is the meaning of our life: the One who
always loves us and calls us to Himself.
The Gospel of Mark today is so short! The message is so clear! Be
watchful. Be alert! Our whole being needs to respond to the Lord. He is
coming to us and we miss Him so very often because we do not expect Him to
come in the ways in which He reveals Himself. It is always the same.
Jesus comes in every age in the poor, the outcast, the lowly, the
despised - all those that we reject. Stay awake! Be alert!
Why are we not alert? Because we get distracted by so many things: by our
pleasures, by our desires, by our angers, by our laziness, by our
jealousies. And we are just humans! How can He expect us to be alert and
to keep watch. There is only one possible solution: let us love Him more
and more. Then we will want Him more and more. Then we will wait for Him
more and more. Come, Lord Jesus.
Readings of the day:
First Reading: Isaiah 63.16b-17; 64.1, 3-8
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1.3-9
Gospel: Mark 13.31-37++
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