Shalom- 09/12/2017

Đăng bởi ngày 9 Tháng Mười Hai, 2017


Sat 9th Dec 2017
1st Week of Advent

St John Diego Cuauthlatoatzin

Is. 30:19-21,23-26
Ps. 147(146):1-2,3-4,5-6
Mt. 9:35-10:1,5,6-8   (Ps Wk I)


mateoToday’s readings especially the first reading (v. 20) gives us a realistic picture of what we can hope for. The Lord does not promise us a life free from adversities and afflictions but helps us find purpose in striving through them. When we journey through life with that purpose, then there is hope beyond description. Verses 23-26 of the passage from Isaiah try to describe the indescribable and reach their climax in verse 26 where the words of the author defy logic. If the sun were to light and heat the earth sevenfold then there would not be life on earth.

That ultimately leads us to wonder if the life we live at present is already a great gift to us with just the right mix of light and darkness, warmth and coolness, joy and sorrow. The Gospel reading comes as a response to the challenges we face every day of our lives. We take heart in the fact that we have our Saviour who can empathize with our daily sufferings, for he is “compassionate and slow to anger.”

Lord, though You give me the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet You do not hide Yourself from me anymore and I long for the day when I will see You face to face.