Desiring to be Led?
Malvern Minute

 

December 15, 2017   Friday of the Second Week of Advent

The Lord will come; go out to meet him! He is the prince of peace. Alleluia, alleluia!

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (48:17-19)

Thus says the LORD, your redeemer,
the Holy One of Israel:
I, the LORD, your God,
teach you what is for your good,
and lead you on the way you should go.

If you would hearken to my commandments,
your prosperity would be like a river,

and your vindication like the waves of the sea;
Your descendants would be like the sand,
and those born of your stock like its grains,
Their name never cut off
or blotted out from my presence.

Reflect: I, the LORD, your God, teach you what is for your good, and lead you on the way you should go. Because we have a God of perfect love, he will never lead us astray. In fact, he will only lead and guide us where we need to be to prosper. Even if, for a while, it appears as if God is not with us or he is not listening, we can be sure that he has everything under control. Our welfare and prosperity is foremost.  We, in turn, need to trust him. God is always with his people. He created the world, sent the prophets, led his chosen people to the promised land, and sent us his Son as our Savior. We know that history. We can see his fidelity. But we are often impatient. We tend to want God to act according to our timeline and according to our script. He asks us to trust, to be faithful to his commandments, and to live in confidence that in staying close to him we will experience the fullness of life. In today’s Gospel (Mt. 11:16-19), we see Jesus confronting “this generation” as critical and cynical, and empty of any meaningful desire for God and the truth. They lack wisdom and are obstinate. Surely, we can see those images in our contemporary society, but the real Advent challenge is to recognize those tendencies in ourselves. As we journey closer to Christmas, now is a good time for some serious self-reflection and the celebration of the Sacrament of Penance. He is with us, desiring that we prosper in the fullness of life. Are our hearts ready for our God’s gift of himself?

Questions: Do I really desire to receive God’s gift of himself to me? Do I need to confront my cynical and critical tendencies; my lack of meaningful desire for God; my obstinacy? With the days remaining in Advent, how can I better prepare myself to receive Jesus and all good that he wants for me?

Pray: Loving God, you are all good. Give me a heart disposed to seek your will; a heart that trusts your ways. Help me to pause to prepare for you. Please give me a genuine and sincere desire for you at all times, so that how I live might reflect your presence to the world.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.                                                                                                  

Behold, the Lord will come descending with splendor to visit his people with peace, and he will bestow on them eternal life.


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