Saturday, December 6, 2014

Wait, Work and Pray

December 6 Saturday the First Week
ISAIAH 30:19-21, 23-26; MATTHEW 9:35-10:1, 5A, 6-8
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Wait, Work and Pray

Advent focuses us on waiting. What are you waiting for?

The Responsorial says: “Blessed are all who wait for the Lord…. No longer will your Teacher hide himself. As soon as he hears you cry out, he will answer you.”

Are you waiting? Are you crying out?

For a teacher? Of Life?

For a prophet to “proclaim the good news”?

For a priest “moved with pity,” who will “cure and cleanse”?

For a king who will drive the “demons” out of our culture?

This is what Jesus did. And wants to do now through all who are his body. “But the laborers are few.”

In Baptism you “became Christ.” He called you as a disciple to learn and teach. He anointed you a prophet to proclaim the Good News by your lifestyle. Anointed you a priest to heal through love. Anointed you a “steward of his kingship” to transform society.

At the “sight of the crowds,” is your heart “moved with pity?” Are they “like sheep without a shepherd?”

Do you feel inadequate to help them? “Cry out. No longer will your Teacher hide himself. Your ears shall hear his voice, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’”

So what are you waiting for?

Pray (all day): 
Lord send laborers into your harvest! Send me!”

Be Christ. 
Teach by your words. 
Proclaim by your lifestyle. 
Heal by compassion. 
Work for change.

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