Monday of the Second Week of Advent Meditation
“There must always be a relationship between the gift and the recipient.There is no point in giving anyone a treasure he cannot use.A father would not give a boy with no talent for music a Stradivarius violin.Neither will God give to egocentrics those gifts and powers and energies that they never propose to put to work in the transformation of their lives and Souls.”
~Venerable Fulton J.Sheen~
“Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your minds.”
“With the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day.The Lord does not delay his promise…but he is patient…not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.But the day of the Lord will come like a thief,and then the heavens will pass away…and the earth and everything done on it will be found out”
~2 Peter 3:8-10
“When the same poor people come…a second time,I treat them with greater gentleness,and I do not let them see that I know they have been there before…and then they speak to me freely about their troubles and needs.I treat as my Master would.Sometimes more is given when giving nothing,than when giving much in a rude manner”
“We are not called to the same state and the Holy Spirit dosent work in all Souls in the same way.He blows as he wills and where he wills”
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.
~Isaiah 35: 4~
In a world where political instability threatens long established order, where crime in our country seems out of control and unstoppable, there seems to be plenty to be afraid of. Isaiah reminds us that God’s power is beyond anything on this earth that could frighten us. “Be strong” and “fear not” this Advent.
Is having a frightened heart different that just being afraid? The kind of fear we have in our hearts is usually fear for people we love. God’s care encompasses them as well. Trust God’s power.
Loving Father, as the Church leads us through this holy season toward the celebration of the coming of Christ, we thank you for the gift of this precious Son whose presence in our lives is the assurance that we shall, indeed, have the grace to continue the time of waiting during the coming weeks. We know, too, that Christ’s coming coming is the sign that the road ahead, beyond Advent and Christmas, will take us in faith and hope toward the goal to which you call us: eternal life in our true home with you. Amen.
Find someone today with whom you can share the meaning of Christ’s presence in your life and your deep gratitude to God for the gift of his beloved Son with whom you can cry, “Abba, Father!”