Keeping the Pathway Well Lighted
Malvern Minute

 

December 4, 2017 Monday of the First Week of Advent

Come and save us, Lord our God; let your face shine upon us, that we may be saved. 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 (2:1-5)

This is what Isaiah, son of Amoz,
saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

In days to come,
The mountain of the LORD’s house
shall be established as the highest mountain

and raised above the hills.
All nations shall stream toward it;
many peoples shall come and say:
“Come, let us climb the LORD’s mountain,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
That he may instruct us in his ways,
and we may walk in his paths.”

For from Zion shall go forth instruction,
and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between the nations,
and impose terms on many peoples.
They shall beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks;
One nation shall not raise the sword against another,
nor shall they train for war again.

O house of Jacob, come,
let us walk in the light of the LORD!

Reflect: Come, let us climb the Lord’s mountain, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may instruct us in his ways, and we may walk in his paths. So, Advent is finally here. We are inundated with the demands of everyday life, and most of us are dealing with ramped up schedules and expectations as we try to do everything that we think we need to do before Christmas and the end of the calendar year.  In the midst of all of that, our God invites us to listen, to watch, to stay awake because he has a very special message for us. Jesus wants to walk with us in everything that we’re doing. He wants to break into our sometimes hard hearts, and he wants us to carry him out to others. That is why the verse from the Prophet Isaiah is so important, we seek the Lord so “that he may instruct us in his ways and we may walk in his paths.” As we notice the candles of the Advent wreath, and as we observe more and more holiday lights around us, let’s use that as a reminder of God’s invitation to us: “let us walk in the light of the Lord.” Maybe the lights can help us to remember to take a deep breath and invite Jesus to be in the midst of everything that we do. He loves us and he doesn’t want us to walk alone; he doesn’t want us to live overwhelmed with the expectations of the world, and about what a perfect Christmas or a perfect life should look like. As we seek him, he will “instruct us in his ways” and show us how to “walk in his paths.” May we simply say, “Yes!”

Questions: Do I need to do a better job at finding the path of the Lord? Do I seek Christ so that his light and his ways might take hold in my life and guide all of my actions and decisions? Are there aspects of holiday expectations that I just need to turn over to Jesus and trust that he will help me do whatever I need to do in order to better receive him and gift him to others?

Pray: Loving God, show me the path of your life. Let me be led by your light so that I can see the pathway of truth, freedom and peace.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.                                                                                               

Hear the word of the Lord, O nations; declare it to the distant lands: Behold, our Savior will come; you need no longer fear.


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