Daily Reflection – Dec 11, 2015
Friday 11 December 2015
First Reading: Isaiah 48:17-19
Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life
Psalm 1:1-4, 6
The Lord will come; go out to meet him!
He is the prince of peace.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 11:16-19
Today’s Note: Friday of the Second Week of Advent. Day of Penance
Today’s Saint: St Damasus I
Jesus said to the crowds:
“To what shall I compare this generation?
It is like children who sit in marketplaces and call to one another,
‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance,
we sang a dirge but you did not mourn.’
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they said,
‘He is possessed by a demon.’
The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they said,
‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard,
a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’
But wisdom is vindicated by her works.”
“The Lord is coming from heaven in splendor to visit all people, and to bring them peace and everlasting life.” So we hope. “We long for you, O Lord!” But Christ is among us already, usually not visible in splendor but in weakness, poverty, degradation. He often brings more peace and life to those so needy than to those who don’t know their need for God.
When are you most likely to long for Christ to come near? When are you most alert to his word, his presence, his work in your heart and in our world? What do you want? Tell him what you want for a Christmas present this year. Trust he wants to lavish all good gifts on you. He might not even wait until December 25.
How much we want peace, Lord Jesus. Open our eyes, ears and hearts to find new and creative ways this season to let you add peace and life to our world through us.