Morning meditation on the daily readings or the Office is the soil where we plant the seeds of our day. There, a part of us remains hidden, in Christ, protected, untouched by the worldy concerns of the day.
I do my best to carry a verse or two with me as I move through the day. These verses become a doorway back to that place of accompaniment. And I return there throughout the day when I am in need of silence or support.
Here are few from today.
“The Rising Sun has come to visit us to guide our feet in the way of peace.” Luke 1:78,79
“And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can people preach unless they are sent. As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!” Romans 10:14,15
“To support one another in the things of the spirit is the true sign of good will between brothers (and sisters), of loving kinship and sincere affection.” St. John Chrysostom
“Immediately they left their nets and followed him.” Matthew 4:19
The season changes in the liturgical calendar today. Advent invites us to move more deeply into the mystery of the Incarnation by contemplating “the end”. The language which Jesus uses in the readings today is serious and the imagery, formidable. We can be sure, however, that its purpose is not to terrify, but to awaken. Be “vigilant at all times,” he says.
As Christians we know the Lord’s return to be a matter of fact. That said, we don’t know when that will be with any degree of certainty. What we do know is that we are heirs to a spiritual call, one that has been imprinted in our souls by the loving touch of the Holy Spirit. We participate in a mystery that began with the Incarnation and has been unfolding in history ever since. Everything in our lives and in the world is moving toward the salvation and perfection that was made manifest with the birth of Jesus and complete at the Empty Tomb.
During Advent, we step outside the mundane concerns that drown out the call of the Spirit and cast our gaze within, to the Christ-child, the God-man, to the One directing and caring for our lives and our hearts.
Have a beautiful week…