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This is the way, follow it

Saturday, December 09, 2006
Saturday 1 of Advent - 9 December 2006

Readings:Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26; Psalm 146:1-6; Matthew 9:35-10:1, 6-8.

There is true beauty in God’s love for us, a beauty shown forth most of all through our struggles. Even in the most difficult moments of our lives, the Lord promises to come to us and bring us new life… if only we would let him. Our greatest struggles can become moments when Christ’s love is most effective and powerful, marking the beginning of new life... if we would only share our difficulties with God, presenting them all to him in prayer, an honest open prayer that holds nothing back from him who knows the deepest needs and longings of the heart. Prayer of the heart opens the door to allow God to enter in. Allowing God to enter in, and to dwell with us, we open ourselves so that we can listen to him, who assures us of his guidance on our journey: ‘This is the way, follow it’. And in following this way, our lives are transformed.

And the way to follow is the way of Christ. Christ is the way, and Christ is the source of life. Today’s Gospel is a reminder that Christ has compassion for all his people, and that he knows our need for guidance and healing. It is for this reason that he pours out his grace through the Church, giving us nothing less than the gift of himself, through word and sacrament. This advent let us resolve to open ourselves evermore to God’s healing grace, so that Christ may be born in us this Christmas.

Robert Gay OP


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