Monday of the Second Week of Advent
Memorial Feast: Saint Ambrose (340-+397) Bishop of Milan, Patron Saint of Bee Keepers
Book of the Prophet Isaiah 35:1-10; Psalm 85:9-14; Luke 5:17-26
You may have noticed that we use the “journey” language a lot during the season of Advent. It is a fitting image because we often find ourselves “in exile” at some distance from our home with God. When we get in touch with our experience now, we discover that the place we find ourselves in is “separated.” I believe we are too often disconnected from our family and friends. We can feel alienated from our faith tradition, either by our own sins or the sins of others. At times, we are completely insulated from hearing the cry of the poor or even those around us and in need.
During Advent, as we grow in our longing for the Lord to come and save us from any condition we find ourselves in, we experience our Lord announcing and describing the victory He has promised. It will be, as prophesied by Isaiah, our Advent liberation announcement. Today, we experience our hearts welcoming this promise.
We are filled with joy as our Gospel narrative allows us to imagine Jesus healing us from inside-out, first forgiving our sins and then telling us we can get up and walk with Him. How do we know this? Simple, “Nothing will be impossible for God!”
Question of the Day: How will you “journey” with Jesus during this Advent season?
Prayer: “Behold, the king will come, the Lord of the earth, and he himself will lift the yoke of our captivity.” (Gospel Acclamation December 7, 2020)