Engaging the Word: 12/07/14
The readings last week spoke to our human condition. We have been made free creatures so that we might be loving creatures. In our freedom, however, we find that we can wander and get off track. Having been made for love, we do have the ability, if we pay attention, to sense when we are going astray. So, Jesus offers wise counsel: “Be watchful! Be alert!” If we remain alert, using all our senses we can be ready for the moment when inspiration will come. If we are attentive we can move in the right direction, drawn by what we seek and informed by our true nature, children of God.
Sometimes it can seem like the journey is endless. How long can we be attentive? How long can we persist in our loving search? This week’s readings remind us of the importance of hope. With hope we can press on along the way. Even if the journey is long and there are difficulties along the way, hope keeps us from despair. The difference that makes is astonishing.
When hope falters we need to rely on trust and our belief in God’s faithfulness. If there is delay in reaching the end, we must trust that God’s intentions are good and for our benefit. Coupled with our own faith, the support and encouragement of others who share our journey is also a great help to our perseverance.
Bolstered by our faith, hope, and companionship we not only persist but are prompted to prepare to receive what lies ahead of us.
As we continue our Advent journey toward Christmas, let’s encourage one another, let’s press onward, and let’s “prepare the way of the Lord” who also lovingly journeys toward us as we make our way.
1st Reading: Isaiah 40: 1-5, 9-11 ~ Responsorial: Psalms 85: 9-14
2nd Reading: 2 Peter 3: 8-14 ~ Gospel: Mark 1: 1-8
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