Tuesday, December 1, 2015 ~ First Week in the Season of Advent
Holy Gospel: Luke 10:21-24 Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.” Turning to the disciples in private he said,
“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”
Meditation: We would do well to read and meditation on this most wonderful prayer that Jesus reveals to us in today’s Gospel (Luke 10:21-22). Notice that this prayer tells us that God is both Father and Lord of earth as well as heaven. He is both Creator and Author of all that he has made, the first origin of everything, giving goodness and loving care for all of his children. All fatherhood and motherhood are derived from him (Ephesians 3:14-15). Jesus’ prayer also contains a warning that pride can keep us from the love and knowledge of God. Pride closes the mind to God’s truth and wisdom for our lives. Jesus contrasts pride with child-like simplicity and humility. The simple of heart are not “simpletons” – they are not wearing rose-colored glasses calling themselves Pollyannas – rather they see purely without pretense and acknowledge their dependence and trust in God who is the source of all wisdom and strength. They seek one thing – the “summum bonum” or the “greatest good” which is God himself. Simplicity of heart is wedded with humility – the queen of virtues – because humility inclines our human hearts towards grace and truth. Just as pride is the root of every sin and evil we can conceive, so humility is the only soil in which the grace of God can take root. It alone takes the right attitude before God and allows him as God to do all. Recall that “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (Proverbs 3:34, James 4:6). The grace of Christ-like humility inclines us towards God and disposes us to receive God’s wisdom, grace, and help. Nothing can give us greater joy than the knowledge that we are God’s beloved and that our names are written in heaven (Luke 10:20).
Prayer: Keep us alert, we pray, O Lord our God, as we await the advent of Christ your Son, so that, when he comes and knocks, he may find us watchful in prayer and exultant in his praise. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Contemplation: Our knowledge of God is not limited simply to knowing something about God – who he is and what he is like. As we are called to know, love and serve God, each of us can come to know God personally – on an intimate level – and be united with him in a relationship of love, trust, and friendship. Jesus makes it possible for each of us to personally know God as our Father. To see Jesus is to see what God is like. In Jesus we see the perfect love of God – a Father who cares genuinely and intensely for each of us, his children, and who yearns over men and women, loving them to the point of laying down his life for them upon the cross. Contemplating on God’s love for us should fill us with great joy and confidence knowing the extremes (by our human standards) he has gone to in order for us to share eternal life in Heaven.