Sunday, December 14, 2014

Look For a Face

December 13 Saturday the Second Week
SIRACH 48:1-4, 9-11; MATTHEW 17:9, 10-13
Click here for the complete text of today’s readings.

Advent is a waiting time. What are you waiting for?

Are you saying with the psalmist: 
“Lord, make us turn to you;let us see your face and we shall be saved”?
 It is true many seem to have turned away from God – or Jesus, or the Church – in our time. They haven’t found in our religion what they were hoping for.

The psalm continues:

May your help be with the man of your right hand,
with the son of man whom you yourself made strong.

The answer is in a who, not a what. We need to look at the face of Jesus. God as a person. Made flesh. Knowable as a human being.

Of Jesus we say, “Blessed is the one who shall have seen you, and who falls asleep in your friendship.” We can have friendship with Jesus. When we do, as the psalm says:

Then we will no more withdraw from you;
give us new life, and we will call upon your name.

So what are you waiting for?

Life comes through relationship with Jesus. Is yours deep or shallow, personal or distant; interested or indifferent? Your interaction defines your relationship.

Pray (all day):
Lord, let me see your face.”

Interact with Jesus as with any other friend.
Talk to him. Discuss his ideas. Do things for him.

 Ask him to do things for you. Get to know him.

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